The first 1000 days of a child’s life, from the moment of their conception to their second birthday, is a critical period during which the foundations for development and lifelong health are laid.

My First 1000 Days focuses on giving children in the Leeds area the best possible start in life. This ambition aligns with both national guidance and the local priorities of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the Leeds Children and Young People’s Plan.

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The My First 1000 days project is bringing together a range of experts across several disciplines and research groups from the University of Leeds, with expertise in children’s health and development, to improve the lives of families in a region of profound inequality. This dedicated project team are currently working in collaboration with TNO, and a range of regional partners, including Leeds City Council, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and representatives from the voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.  

Together with TNO, the My First 1000 Days project team are developing, implementing and evaluation a disability-inclusive centering-based group care programme, which incorporates physical activity, food and nutrition, and cognition and language development components, for primary caregivers and children during the first 1000 days in Leeds, West Yorkshire.   

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