On the 15th February The Telegraph published a piece by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, author of a recent report on Child Development in the under 5s.
His findings show that worryingly, 41 per cent of children don’t achieve a good level of development at age 5. How does such failure come about? The determinants of early child development start with effects from the children themselves, probably biological in nature, but are importantly influenced by quality of parenting and are related to inequalities in society.
Sir Michael suggests that ancient wisdom and modern science come together to provide the answer: cuddling, playing, talking, reading, and generally loving children have a huge influence on the quality of early child development.
So instead of focusing on those parents that may be getting in wrong, could the attention not be given to those that are giving their children all the basic aspects of a loving childhood, and encourage others to do the same.