The bulk of public spending during a child's life comes in their teenage years, but there is a strong case for investing public money much earlier.
This inquiry considered submissions on the following areas:
- priorities for a national strategy, based on evidence from other countries, particularly devolved administrations
- current roles, responsibilities and functions across central government, and other public bodies for the first 1000 days of life, and suggestions for how these could be more effective
Current spending and barriers to investment
- recent public spending on services for the first 1000 days of life
- difficulties in getting national and local investment
Local service provision
- the scale and current performance of services provided for the first 1000 days of life
- barriers to delivery (e.g. workforce shortages and financial constraints on councils)
- what you think a quality, evidence-based approach to service provision looks like.