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Best start in life

Give every child the best start in life.

The earliest years of a child’s life have a huge impact on their long-term development and future life chances. Good care before conception and during their mother’s pregnancy, and the right support during their early years, gives a child the best chance of maximising their potential and having better outcomes.

Over the next four years we will:

  • Ensure prospective parents are well prepared for parenthood by:
    • Empowering a wide range of partner organisations to prepare prospective parents for parenthood
    • Making sure children are ready for nursery and school and demonstrate a good level of overall development
  • Work in partnership to ensure all children, particularly Looked After Children, children eligible for free school meals, children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), and children for whom English is an additional language achieve a good level of development.
  • Support the most vulnerable children and families to access the right support at the right time, whether it be access to childcare or 1-2-1 family support.
  • Narrow the health inequalities gap for low income groups and their peers by commissioning and delivering services and interventions which target localities and groups with poorer health and wellbeing outcomes.

JSNA - 1001 Days: From Conception to age 2 (2019)

  • The first 1001 days are a critical period of development for a child.

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JSNA - Early Years and School Readiness (2019)

  • 69.7% of pupils in Nottinghamshire achieved a good level of development in 2018

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