The First Five Years

Science tells us that the first 5 years of life are the foundation that shapes future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general.


From the first day of life to the first day in kindergarten, a child grows at a phenomenal pace that is unequalled at any other time of life. The first three years are the most critical in shaping the child's brain architecture. By age 3, a child’s brain has reached 80% of its adult size. Early experiences provide the base for the brain's organizational development and functioning throughout life. They have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities. Thus, the critical intervention point begins at birth.



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