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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 two 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.

 

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Sturgeon announces school reform summit as part of 'bold' education plan

BBC News | Scotland politics | 25 May 2016

The Scottish government is to convene a "major summit" of education leaders in a bid to close the attainment gap between schools.

Nicola Sturgeon underlined education and the economy as her top priorities in a speech at Holyrood.

The first minister said her ministers aimed for "real and lasting progress towards true equality of opportunity".

Opposition parties said they would work with the government on education, but urged "genuine reform".

 

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Time to get active

Nursery World | Dr Lala Manners | 13 May 2016

Ahead of 4Children's Healthy Children, Bright Futures conference next month, Dr Lala Manners looks at how to tackle childhood obesity in the early years.

Childhood obesity is now an epidemic in the UK, with twelve per cent of children starting nursery overweight or obese. This number rises to 22 per cent at reception age, and 33 percent by the time children arrive at secondary school.

 

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Tackle pupil attainment gap in northern England, IPPR urges

Tackling the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils is the key to improving the performance of schools in northern England, a report has said.

The study by the Institute for Public Policy Research says northern secondary schools lag behind the England average.

The report echoes Ofsted's warning that without better education, the government's Northern Powerhouse economic plan will "splutter and die".

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said ongoing reforms had helped poor pupils.

The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is "falling", but "the job is not finished yet", she said.

 

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Poor school buildings 'damaging pupils' health and education'

BBC News | Judith Burns | Education reporter | 11 May 2016 

Too many British pupils are trying to learn in classrooms which are damaging their health and education, say architects.

And too many teachers are quitting, blaming stressful and overcrowded working conditions, says the Royal Institute of British Architects.

It blames rising pupil numbers and government cuts to capital funding.

England's Department for Education says it will invest £23bn in school buildings over the next five years.

In England, only 5% of 60,000 buildings in 18,000 schools surveyed were in top condition, performing as intended and operating efficiently, according to Riba's analysis of government figures published last year.

 

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Sats protest: Parents to keep children off school

BBC News | Sean Coughlan Education correspondent | 3 May 2016

Parents are threatening to keep their children off school for the day in a protest about primary tests in England.

More than 40,000 parents have signed a petition calling for a boycott of primary school tests, which are due to be taken later this month.

Parents supporting the Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign have complained of a damaging culture of over-testing.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says taking pupils out of school "even for a day is harmful to their education".

 

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Primary testing regime chaotic, say head teachers

BBC News | Hannah Richardson, Education Reporter | 29 April 2016

The testing regime for primary schools in England is in chaos and distracting to pupils, says the National Association of Head Teachers.

Heads gathering for the union's annual conference in Birmingham are urging the government to work with them to set up a new assessment system for next year.

NAHT head Russell Hobby said primary tests no longer gave parents reliable information on children's progress.

Tests allow teachers to spot when pupils need more help, say ministers.

The NAHT highlighted issues such as a lack of time to implement the new primary curriculum and its "inappropriate content", a lack of clarity on standards and contradictory guidelines plus the late publication of materials.

 

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Doubling of free childcare 'could force nurseries to close'

BBC News | Judith Burns, Education reporter | 20th April 2016

Nearly 750 childcare providers say they fear being put out of business by government plans to double free hours, says the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

In 2017, free care for three-and four-year-olds will rise from 15 to 30 hours in each term-time week.

But childcare providers say the scheme is underfunded, and 49% of 1,500 who chose to respond to an online survey said they could be forced to close.

Ministers say many providers are keen to take part in the scheme.

 

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After-school clubs 'boost poorer pupils' results'

BBC News |Education & Family | 20 April 2016

Poorer primary children who had taken part in after-school clubs were found to get better results at age 11 than peers from similar homes who had not.

The Nuffield Foundation says clubs are an "easy vehicle" for enrichment.

The findings come as ministers plan to use money from a sugar tax on fizzy drinks to fund after-school activities.

The researchers analysed information on more than 6,400 children in England taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study, which has been following children born in 2000-01 from birth.

They defined disadvantaged children as those whose family income was below the poverty line - that is below 60% of the average household income.

The study found taking part in activities after the formal school day could play a role in closing the attainment gap between children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and those with more family resources.

 

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UK lags behind other rich countries on child inequality

BBC News | Hannah Richardson - education and social affairs reporter

The UK is lagging behind other rich countries on reducing inequalities between rich and poor children, a Unicef report says.

The UN body set up to promote the rights and wellbeing of children highlights "concerning gaps in health, education, and income".

The lack of progress means ambitions to eradicate child poverty are unlikely to be realised in coming years, it adds.

The government said there were 300,000 fewer children in poverty since 2010.

The gap between rich and poor had narrowed in the UK in recent years, largely because the income of the poorest families had fallen more slowly than that of the average household, Unicef said in its Report Card 13 report.

But Unicef added that were it not for benefits, the income gap in Britain would be among the greatest in Europe.

 

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