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Academics, professionals and policy makers formed Foundation Years Information and Research to promote the vital importance of the earliest years to children’s development and well-being.

The group advances public education and understanding of the substantial body of scientific work on the extent to which the earliest relationships play a major role in shaping a baby’s brain and in influencing their future mental and physical health.
Foundation Years Information and Research promotes research and study and makes available the useful results to engage decision makers, those working in front-line services and the general public.

The evidence:

  • Shows that the implications of our increasing knowledge of the plasticity of the baby's brain require society to shift its perceptions and resource priorities.

  • Justifies a national commitment to strengthening a universal community of care and support for every infant and their immediate caregivers

  • Demonstrates that such a commitment would pay for itself many times over in terms of the quality of life of children, young people and adults, the reduction of mental illness and crime and the resilience, well-being and freedom of society as a whole.

The Chair of FYIR is Karen Buck MP
The President of FYIR is Frank Field MP

Latest news

Seminar Series 2017
Our invited seminars on the lessons of migrating and evaluating foundation years programmes across boundaries have been successfully completed with valuable input and support from 40 distinguished academics, policy-makers and politicians.

FYIR members made a most valuable visit to the German KFDN programme in January 2018.

FYIR Seminar Series: the slides from our seminar with Professor Sir Michael Marmot are now available in events

Hear one of FYIR's advisers, Graham Music, on BBC Radio 4 talking to Geoff Watts about adverse childhood experiences and long-term outcomes on mental and physical health and well-being.

FYIR Seminar series: please see events for slides from our earlier seminars

FYIR Expert Adviser Dr. Sebastian Kraemer's letter to the Lancet on the earliest possible interventions to support parents. Please see In the news for the full letter.