Scientific research – both internationally and within New Zealand – has highlighted the critical importance of a baby’s first 1,000 days.  In those first three years a young child’s brain can form up to 1,000 neural connections a second – and the connections made in the first three years are the building blocks for everything that happens to that child later in life.

NEXT has chosen the first 1,000 days as one of its three investment focus areas in education – and in this newsletter we bring you two stories from New Zealanders dedicated to making a real difference for our youngest children. Read more.