Early Years
To promote a healthy start for lifelong health and wellbeing.

The earliest years in a child’s life are absolutely critical for life-long health. There is overwhelming evidence from studies throughout the world that foundations for health are laid in the first years of life which, if poor, can have a permanent, detrimental impact on children’s longer term susceptibility to illness. 

In North West London two simple facts illustrate the burden of disease on young people in the community and the NHS:
  • hospital admission rates for Sickle Cell disease rose 50% between 2001 and 2010, there were 798 admissions utilising 2,968 bed days in 2010 to 2011
  • children under five are amongst the highest users of emergency services, which exceeds the use by the elderly population.