“In the first thousand days of your existence, being from conception to 1000 days after that, your genes are interacting with the environment to see what sort of brain you’re going to need for the rest of your life.
“So what can we do in those first 1000 days to maximise that?
“Well, the research tells us the number one thing you can do is to have a parent stay at home in the first year of life,” Nathan said.
“It’s really just about you being present with your baby, interacting – interaction is one of the most complicated things that the brain does, so the more that your baby gets of that in the early years, the better all their outcomes are.
“So if you’ve got paternity and maternity leave, I suggest taking all of that, because the early years are so crucial.”
Meanwhile, apart from creating a better start for his children, James said he feels appreciated and valued by his employer.
“We feel incredibly lucky to be able to give our full attention and care to our daughters during these first 6 months thanks to ANZ,” James said.
“Ever since benefitting from this arrangement, I have been singing ANZ’s praises as an employer.
“I feel absolutely looked after and valued - consequently, I have had multiple people reaching out asking about vacancies.
“In a competitive job market, perks like these can make the difference when choosing who to work for, and how long to stay with them.
“Thank you, ANZ, for setting the bar high, and for supporting my little family, we will be forever grateful.”