Our vision at Toi Te Ora Public Health is lifelong health and wellbeing for all. Research consistently shows that healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for lifelong health and wellbeing. The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are a time of great potential and incredible growth. A baby’s brain is only 15% developed at birth but 85% developed at age three. Early experiences, relationships and opportunities develop the brain and create a foundation for later health, social and emotional wellbeing.
The establishment of healthy behaviours in a child’s early years increases the likelihood that they will become second nature and continue throughout life. Building Blocks for Hauora is a tool that supports early learning services to invest in this critical stage of life to establish and build healthy foundations for lifelong wellbeing.