All Tweddle programs are underpinned by the evidence relating to the adverse impact on infants and toddlers who experience traumatic stress in the crucial early childhood development period.

According to The Wave Trust, the general expert consensus confirms that it is somewhere between economically worthwhile and imperative to invest more heavily, as a proportion of both local and national spend, in the very earliest months and years of life.

According to Nobel Laureate Professor James Heckman, the basic skills needed for success are formed before children enter school. Investing early helps to prevent the achievement gap, and investing in disadvantaged children provides the greatest returns.

Zero to Three
Centre on The Developing Child – Harvard University
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE study)
The economics of Early Years Investment – Wave Trust

In November 2017, the impact of population growth on perinatal services was discussed at a Parliamentary hearing when Tweddle Australia presented to the Family and Community Development Committee. Here, Dr. Nicole Milburn speaks about the challenges facing Early Parenting Centres and parents in the very early years.


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