Ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.
From talking to global leaders in world government to working with communities worldwide, we're campaigning to raise awareness that young children, toddlers and babies all over the world are not getting the best start in life.
What is the issue?
By the time a child reaches five years old, 90% of their brain has already developed – which means the progression from birth to school is the most important time of their lives.
Early years care is vital for every child. But around the world children from poorer and marginalised households are unable to access the support and care they need and are put at a disadvantage. We're campaigning to make sure that every child gets the best start in life.
Even though the importance of providing nurturing care – including health, nutrition, play, learning and protection – has been thoroughly proven, investment in the 0 to 5 age group is still far too small.
How are we fighting for this cause?
We're calling on those global leaders to prioritise early childhood development. We're making sure that the building blocks are in place for children to succeed in their education and beyond.
Theirworld is producing research papers to raise awareness on early childhood development. It has also called for world leaders by the end of 2017 to allocate the funds needed to establish quality programmes that will give every child the best start in life.
Our work began 14 years ago with the creation of a fund to support small projects in the UK, enabling dedicated health professionals and scientists to pioneer their ideas to help newborns and young children, and to support mentoring for young people. Since then our work has grown to a global scale with the expansion of our research to create the award-winning Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory that investigates pregnancy and premature birth problems, and the Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort that monitors the lives of a number of children over a period of years.
What is the Edinburgh Birth Cohort?
Since then our work has grown to a global scale with the expansion of our research to create the award-winning Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory that investigates pregnancy and premature birth problems, and the Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort that monitors the lives of a number of children over a period of years.
The birth cohort is a world first in investigating the long-term effects of preterm birth on infants and we are excited to make this new commitment to advancing the field of research into perinatal brain injury.
The study follows 400 young people from infancy to adulthood and will help to reach a broader understanding of developmental problems as a result of being born too early or too small. Over the coming years, it also aims to develop therapeutics and strategies to help children and young people who have problems access the help and support they need.