Research reports and outputs

The First 1,000 Days study will provide important information for many aspects of our work, including producing up-to-date and accurate information for parents and the development of new services. It will also help inform debate and policy on maternity and family services in the UK, to create a society in which you and your children are valued and supported. Findings will be added to this webpage as they become available.

Research reports

Working it out: new parents’ experiences of returning to work

This report highlights first-time parents’ experiences of combining work and childcare. It covers men and women’s use of maternity and paternity leave, their patterns of employment in the first year of parenthood, access to flexible working arrangements and their feelings about returning to paid work and combining work and home life.

Using findings from the first of two questionnaires, which was completed by 1,162 parents when their babies were around 8 months old, the research shows that access to flexible or part-time work and affordable high quality childcare are critical factors in enabling women and men to balance their jobs and caring for their child.

Read the research summary or full research report here.

Reports to funders

Throughout the study four reports have been written for the funders (Pampers UK). The final full report and summary report are available to download.

Perspective articles

Perspective is our quarterly journal on preparing parents for birth and early parenthood. Perspective is written for all those commissioning or providing ‘transition to parenthood' services. Findings from the First 1,000 Days study are an extremely valuable source of information about the experiences of new parents and will be published in a series of Perspective articles.

We recently wrote about first-time fathers’ views on the impact of becoming a parent on their relationship with their partner and In the forthcoming December issue of we describe parents’ attitudes and approaches to introducing solid foods.

Conferences and presentations

The findings will also be presented at national and international conferences, to healthcare professionals, practitioners and academic audiences. Most recently we presented on the mental health of mothers whose babies were experiencing prolonged unexplained crying during infancy at the International Marcé Society Scientific Conference and on mothers’ decision-making and support needs when introducing solid foods at the Maternal Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood conference.