From Conception to 5 Years

The first 2000 days of life has a significant impact on a child’s development and their future health and wellbeing. We now know the in-utero experience of a baby followed by a child’s early life experience predicts their chances of succeeding at school, of doing well in life and of having chronic diseases as an adult (NSW First 2000 Days Framework).
Given the importance of raising awareness of this research, the Rotary Clubs of Corrimal, Dapto, Fairy Meadow and Kiama are working with local NSW Health care professionals and agencies to deliver the key messages under the First 2000 Days Framework. Rotary is providing the important link between Health and agencies as Rotary works across the community providing funding and support to many agencies supporting local families.
The project is known as the 'Illawarra Shoalhaven First 2000 Days Community Project'. The aim of the project is to make our community aware of the importance of the first 2000 days, to communicate the key messages from The NSW First 2000 Days Framework and where to seek further information and help if required.
To accomplish these outcomes the project has:
  • produced a flyer to deliver the key messages 
  • developed a peer education program with Health to be delivered to agency staff and other key community groups. This will give staff a deeper understanding of The First 2000 Days Framework to enable them to deliver the messages to families in a way that meets their specific needs
  • in addition, we will be conducting a media campaign to get the key messages on the importance of the first 2000 days out to the wider community.
Please download a copy of the First 2000 Days Flyer.
Future of the Project
The launch of the project was on 9 May 2022. Following the launch the Project Team will deliver the peer education program to local agencies who in turn will deliver to families. In addition, we will implement a social media campaign to reach the wider community. We will research the impact and effectiveness of these strategies in July and August 2022. A final report on the outcomes will be available on this site.
But this is only the beginning!  
What has been apparent during the development stage is the importance of knowing about the impact of the First 2000 Days on a child's life and their future health and well being.  Here in the Illawarra but more widely. Working together we can make this happen.
So imagine what we could accomplish if we used Rotary's network and ability to connect people in communities?
Rotary is made up of 1.4 million people, 46,000 clubs in over 150 counties. A new Rotary Club is established somewhere in the world every 12 hours! So let's do it-form a First 2000 Days Cause Based Rotary eClub.

An information evening will be held on the 23 June at 6pm at the BlueScope Visitors Centre, Springhill Road Wollongong.