‘The First Years Last Forever’
Research around the world shows that our health, well-being and coping skills as adults are strongly related to the first years of our lives. From conception to school age, infants' and children’s brains develop in response to their environment and will influence their future.
Children need a responsive and interactive environment of talking, reading, mentoring and encouragement to explore their world through play, warmth and acceptance and protection from teasing and punishment. (UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP))
NH Preventive Public Health staff are expert health care providers and, in collaboration with community service partners, are dedicated to providing services and support with a focus in early childhood health, development, education and family well-being.
Questions about your infant, children or family health? Contact your local health unit to speak to a public health nurse.