The First 1,000 Days

We want you to help us develop a strategy to increase wellbeing for all Tasmanian children and young people from ages 0-25. This strategy will have a specific focus on the first 1,000 days (pregnancy to 2 years old) because we know that this time is critical for future wellbeing.

The first 1,000 days refers to the average full term of a pregnancy to when your baby is two years old.
Experts tell us that if babies receive constant and secure responses when they are upset and have trusted relationships very early in life this has a big say in whether children grow up healthy and well. This starts from the mother and her healthy eating, safety and security during pregnancy and extends to the attachment between a parent or caregiver and a newborn immediately after birth.

We used to think that babies could only concentrate for moments, a bit like goldfish, but we now know (based on video micro analysis research) that infants have their own non-verbal communication, especially from around 400 days. We also now know that a developing foetus can process language and recognise the voice of its mother and surrounding caregivers. The experts now know that the first 1,000 days is a far more critical phase of human development than we realised.

There’s so much already happening to support mothers and babies in the first 1,000 days. For example, the Child Health and Parenting Service has 72 sites across Tasmania and visits every new parent in their home.

Read more about what’s already happening across government and the community to help improve wellbeing during the first 1,000 days.

Get Involved

Tell us how we can make Tasmania the best place for children and young people. You can get creative by sharing art, stories or poems, writing a postcard directly to the Premier about your hopes and dreams for children and young people, or taking a short survey. Your responses will help us develop Tasmania's Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy for 0-25 year olds.