The formative early years of a child’s life demand a nurturing environment and attentive care

Early childhood, which spans the period up to 8 years of age, is critical for cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. During these years, a child’s newly developing brain is highly plastic and responsive to change as billions of integrated neural circuits are established through the interaction of genetics, environment and experience. Optimal brain development requires a stimulating environment, adequate nutrients and social interaction with attentive caregivers.

 

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Within the multi-faceted area of early childhood development, current monitoring efforts are focused in three main areas, each of which has a dedicated page that can be accessed below.