When a setting promotes positive mental health and emotional wellbeing, children are better able to understand and express their feelings. This builds confidence and emotional resilience, supporting their learning.
For parents, having a baby is a big life event; it's natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after the pregnancy. But if they start to have a big impact on how a parent is living their life, they might be experiencing a mental health problem. Around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth.
There is also a growing body of research around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the link to poor outcomes in adulthood.
Future in Mind report: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing by the Department of Health and NHS
Social and Emotional Wellbeing: Early Years guidance from NICE
Early Intervention Foundation champions and supports the use of effective early intervention to improve the lives of children and young people at risk of experiencing poor outcomes
The 1001 Critical Days Manifesto a cross-party manifesto
Advice and resources
Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service support for children and families
Hampshire Substance Misuse Service support for people with an alcohol or drug problem
Five ways to wellbeing resources to help improve enjoyment of life, self-esteem and engagement with the world around you
The Wave Trust works to prevent and reduce key adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as child abuse, neglect and witnessing domestic violence
Postnatal Depression in Dads article from the NCT
Mental Health Problems and Pregnancy advice from the NHS
The role of childcare professionals in supporting mental health and wellbeing in young people: a literature review the importance of early years and the role of the childcare professional supporting children’s health from PACEY
Early Years in Mind: free online network and resources for early years practitioners
Supporting Infant Mental Health advice from Young Minds
NHS Every Mind Matters Looking after a child or young person's mental health
Infant Mental Health information from the Institute of Health Visitors
Getting to know your baby videos from the Association for Infant Mental Health UK
PANTS (The underwear rule) guidance for Early Years from the NSPCC. The Talk PANTS campaign and materials encourage parents and carers to have simple conversations with their children which can help keep them safe from sexual abuse.
MindEd for the Early Years: free learning modules about mental health in young children