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Getting a good start in life and throughout childhood, building resilience and getting maximum benefit from education are important markers for good health and wellbeing throughout life.  The earliest experiences, starting in the womb, shape a baby’s brain development.  During the first two years of life the brain displays a remarkable capacity to absorb information and adapt to its surroundings.  Positive early experience is therefore vital to ensure children are ready to learn, ready for school and have good life chances.  It is shaped by a number of factors such as:

  • sensitive parenting in tune with babies needs,
  • effects of socio-economic status,
  • the impact of high-quality early education and care.

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