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Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Results 2017

Yet again the scores for moving and handling – health and self care – the two components of the PD domain – are ludicrously high – over 90% of children gained an ‘expected’ level.

How can this possibly be a true reflection of the current state of young children’s physical development, health and wellbeing?


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The Importance of the Right Technique When Children Brush their Teeth

There’s a refreshing piece of good news for parents in the UK: according to official government statistics, the number of five-year-olds with tooth decay dropped to an all-time low in almost 10 years! However, don’t start celebrating just yet - around 25% of these children do suffer from tooth decay, and as Dr. Sandra White, Director of Public Health at Public Health England notes, “one child with tooth decay is one too many and there is still much inequality in dental health around the country.” Cavities are painful and extraction can result in big problems, including the need for implantation and bone augmentation in some cases, in adulthood. To avoid these painful and pricey consequences, make sure your child uses the right technique when cleaning teeth and gums.


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New appg report on EY/PA has just been published

This new appg report on EY/PA has just been published. A comprehensive document that covers all the main issues – please read the recommendations if nothing else! Policy –makers now have a report that may inform their decisions regarding funding and provision for young children’s physical activity.


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Primary PE & Sport Premium Responses

Following comments received that were recently posted online (15th Sept), we have continued to receive very interesting feedback regarding practices occurring within the present national school sports strategy. Once again, there are examples that refer to EY.


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Draft document for Australian Physical Literacy Standard

Please have a thorough read-through of this document – very interesting.

Much to recommend – although the ‘pre-foundational level’ – 0 – and the 'foundation and exploration level' – 1 - for the physical domain definitely need a review.


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The genesis of ‘playing out'

An interesting article on the genesis of the ‘playing out movement.

No significant funding – just communities getting together to give all children the chance to experience what – for some of us – was a childhood ‘given.’


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iPad's for Babies !!!

Nothing to say  - no damning comment would begin to do this justice.


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Primary PE & Sport Premium Responses

Some interesting comments, the few that relate to EY are highlighted. Good to see that we are being included in the discussion – finally.


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Primary PE & Sport Premium Funding

Please everyone have a look at this. Some points here that need to be considered very seriously – particularly with the level of funding involved.

Reception are not included in this scheme – but its success (or otherwise) will definitely affect EY in the future, in some shape or form.

Sports Think Tank have published the following downloadable blogs in recent years that are certainly worth reading. They also throw into public light considerable failings stemming from the previous National School Sports Strategy and whether important lessons have yet to be fully appreciated

If you have any thoughts – please get back to us! We need some open debate about this. We do not need 'another fine mess.


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Online Survey for the DRAFT Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines

As yet we haven’t made much headway with the CMO/EY Physical Activity guidelines.

We didn’t get the leverage we expected within the revised EYFSC – and we don’t expect any guidance from government departments any time soon.

Which makes this Australian initiative very welcome indeed. Please have a look – and complete their survey.

I think this innovative, holistic approach is definitely worth considering – more parent-friendly and not ‘nanny-state’ in any way. The team at Wollongong are to be congratulated.


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ukactive Manifesto for an Active Britain

Activematters fully supports UKActive in their drive to get ‘more people more active’ – but we should always remember that positive habits towards physical activity are formed very early on – and that adults must play an effective role in encouraging young children to engage in daily active play that will support their overall development.


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Timing of the decline in physical activity in childhood and adolescence

An interesting study by John Reilly and his colleagues – and very useful for us. If physical activity levels start to decline from aged 7 – as this study suggests – and not at aged 13 as has been claimed previously – then it is even more imperative that we in EY get some solid foundations in place and absolutely critical that the CMO/EY/PA guidelines are embedded in the EYFSC – and not treated as irrelevant footnotes that ‘may be referred to’ – as is written in the recent Revised Strategic Framework.


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Diabetes: Children 'not getting recommended checks'

BBC News | 31 May 2016 

Almost 75% of older children in England and Wales with diabetes are not getting key health checks, a study suggests.

Data from 27,682 children and young people showed 25.4% of 12-year-olds have the seven recommended annual health checks, such as eye screenings.

However, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which carried out the audit, says the overall picture is one of improving care.

Charity Diabetes UK said young people must be supported in early life.


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Children 'denied mental health support'

BBC News | Hannah Richardson | 28 May 2016

A total of 28% of children referred for mental health support in England in 2015 were sent away without help, some after a suicide attempt, a report says.

The Children's Commissioner's review of mental health services also found that 13% with life-threatening conditions were not allowed specialist support.

This group included children who had attempted serious self-harm and those with psychosis and anorexia nervosa.

A government spokesman said no-one should be sent away in need.