The First 1,000 Days

(Conception - 2 years)

What is the first 1000 days?

The First 1000 Days is the time from conception to two years old. This time is a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and happier futures for the children of our community.


What is Hands Up Mallee doing to support our community in the First 1000 Days?

Hands Up Mallee is working with the community, businesses and services to ensure that all children in our region have a healthy, safe and welcome start to life.

Using the information provided by community and local service providers we have built a systems map that has highlighted the areas where change will have the most impact. In order to achieve this change we are currently working with community and local service providers to form action teams identifying how to implement change locally to improve the First 1000 Days for all children in our community.

why are the first 1,000 days important?


The First 1000 Days is a time of great opportunity and vulnerability. The right food, support and environment during this time can ensure a better future for our children and our community.

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First 1000 Days Resources

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First 1000 Days events

In April 2018 Hands Up Mallee led a First 1000 Days focussed event to explore the Systems Map and begin the work to form actions teams who will drive change. The hand out from the event and the event summary are available for download below.