First Steps is a British documentary series produced by BBC World News which visits three countries to look at how investment in early childhood programmes provides a strong foundation for good health, growth and success in education and life.
The series premiered worldwide on BBC World on Tuesday 15 July 2008, at 19h30 GMT. It premiered in South Africa at 21h30.
Thursday 17 July: 17h30
Friday 18 July: 03h30
The very first years of a child's life is critical to their survival, growth, development and learning potential.
To have a fulfilling life, to get a decent job and to be a responsible member of society depends largely upon the foundation laid during the early years and the extent to which families and communities are supported to ensure children's healthy development.
In a new series for BBC World News, First Steps visits three countries - Brazil, Uganda and Moldova - to look at how investment in early childhood services and programmes provides real opportunities for breaking out of poverty and the chance to achieve far more than previous generations.