The first five years of a child’s life are vital – because 90% of their brain has already developed during that time.
If a child receives the right amount of care, stimulation and sensory education, their chance of a more successful life increases dramatically.
Children from poorer and marginalized homes who are unable to access support are put at a distinct disadvantage. If they start school at five without early years’ support, they will have a limited vocabulary and ability to learn.
This is why early child development (ECD) has become a global priority in the fight to help children and families out of poverty and deprivation.
The importance of nurturing care, including healthcare, nutrition, play, learning and protection for young children has been thoroughly proven.