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Infant mental health: Giving children the best head start

The Irish Times – Paul D’Alton

“We all know the early experience of infants and toddlers matters…One man who knows this more than most is Prof Kevin Nugent…he is one of the world’s leading experts on early child development…new scientific advances are showing the crucial importance of the foundation years and especially the first 1,000 days from conception until age two as a springboard for neuro-cognitive development, life-long health and wellbeing and socioeconomic success…For the child to develop well psychologically, socially and emotionally, the relationship with the parent or primary carer is important. This interaction enables the development of the capacity to regulate emotions, form secure attachments, explore the environment, learn and develop cognitive capacities across the lifespan.”(more)