Help with access


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 Co-Chairs of FYIR are Karen Buck MP
and Catherine West MP

The President of FYIR is Frank Field MP

Latest news

Dr Gabriella Conti on the long-term impact of early intervention
We opened the year with an excellent talk on 21st January 2019, from Dr Gabriella Conti on her recent work on the long-term impact of early interventions with the Nobel prize-winner James Heckman. The talk was well received: Gabriella has been asked to repeat it to the All Party Parliamentary Group for the first 1001 Days of life.

Round tables in 2019

FYIR members made a most valuable visit to the German Keiner fällt durchs Netz (KFDN) programme in 2018. During April 2019 our series of three invited round tables on the evidence on governance in early years will include publication of a review of lessons learned from our seminars on migrating and evaluating programmes across boundaries and the follow-up visit to Germany

Please contact the Secretary if you would like further details about our programme

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.