Ex Leader of the House of Commons chairs ministerial group on family support from conception to the age of two years

The Ex Prime Minister Theresa May, asked Andrea Leadsom MP to chair a cross-government ministerial group, to identify gaps in available early years provision (conception to two years of age) and make recommendations on how coordination across departments can be improved.

Brilliant Parents was involved in supporting the Early Years Family Support Cross-Ministerial group and took part in consultations on 20 December 2018 with the ex Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom MP, who was chairing the group. Parents who had been supported by Brilliant Parents spoke with the ex Leader to give her their experiences of support received during their children’s first two years.”

Rt Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP said:

I am delighted the Prime Minister has asked me to explore what more the government can do to ensure we act early to help every child get the best possible start in life.

The vital importance of supporting the first 1,001 days from conception to the age of two has been a long-standing passion of mine. A baby’s earliest experiences determine their lifelong emotional health, so a secure early start can protect young people from later mental health problems and contribute significantly to reducing major social harms.

I am greatly looking forward to exploring with ministerial colleagues what more the government can do to improve the cradle-to-grave effects that result from better outcomes in this critical period of our lives.

The review will build on recent government policy in this area including NHS England’s Maternity Transformation Programme, expanding provision for perinatal mental health care, building parents’ confidence to begin the learning process from the home, and supporting thousands of families with access to free childcare.


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