In the recent Government budget, plans have been laid out to support parents and children in England.
The so-called ‘family hubs’ will provide support and advice to new parents on everything from breastfeeding to mental health services.
The plans come after years of cuts to the essential services that help support families and children, to give babies the best possible start in life.
What are the plans?
£200m to support 300,000 families who face difficult issues that could lead to family breakdown
£82m to 75 local authorities to fund the new family hubs
£100m towards mental health support for expectant parents
£50m on breastfeeding support including antenatal classes and one-to-one support
£10m on the Start4Life initiative
£50m on parenting programmes
Chancellor Rishi Sunak commented, "We know that the first thousand and one days of a child's life are some of the most important in their development, which is why I'm thrilled that this investment will guarantee that thousands of families across England are given support to lead healthy and happy lives."
It’s hoped that the plans will help and support struggling families while improving the health and development of babies in England. Many however have criticised the plans for not going far enough, especially in terms of supporting nurseries, childminders and pre-schools, where almost 3,000 providers have closed down since January.