Government calls for childcare professionals to contribute to new early years healthy development review

Kathy Oxtoby
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The early years sector has the chance to give its input into a Government review aimed at ensuring every child achieves ‘their full potential’.

The review is calling on the input of health service professionals.
The review is calling on the input of health service professionals.

Early years professionals have the opportunity to contribute to a new Government review into improving health and development outcomes of babies and young children in England.

The Early Years Healthy Development Review, led by government adviser Andrea Leadsom MP, has been launched to ‘help ensure every child is given the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their background, and achieve their full potential’, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.

Commenting on the new review, the DHSC said: ‘We know the period from conception to the age of two is critical, with the potential to provide a solid foundation as babies grow and develop.

‘Best start in life’
‘We are committed to ensuring that every baby and young child has the best start in life, and that they are supported and nurtured to be school ready and to progress in life, and we are determined to level up the opportunities for babies, no matter what their circumstances.’

The DHSC added that the review would ‘help ensure every child is given the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their background, and achieve their full potential’.

To help shape the outcome of the review the DHSC would like to hear from health service professionals, charities, volunteer groups and academics.

It would also like responses from new parents, including those who gave birth during the lockdown, and public health response to the coronavirus pandemic, about the experiences of care and services they received.

The DHSC said it would use these views to ‘check where progress has been made and where more needs to be done in the future both locally and nationally’.

The call for evidence opened this September and the consultation closes at 11.50pm on 16 October 2020.

Respond online to the review here

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