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National Children's Day - Sunday 11th May 2014

Swap screen-time for wild-time! - 5th to 11th May 2014
We are collaborating with Project Wild Thing and the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood to run a week up to NCDUK when we encourage everyone to swap screen-time for wild time. It's not much to ask - just think about how much screen technology has changed the amount of time that we all spend outside and commit to doing something about it. 


Electronic media use increased risk of poor well-being among young children

By Trina Hinkley, published in JAMA Pediatrics.   March 18, 2014

Poorer well-being in children may be linked to high-level use of electronic media, and girls appear to be at greater risk than boys, according to recent study results published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Trina Hinkley, PhD, of the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues evaluated 3,604 children aged 2 to 6 years (mean age, 4.3 years; 52.4% male) who participated in the Identification and Prevention of Dietary- and Lifestyle-Induced Health Effects in Children and Infants (IDEFICS) to determine the effect of early childhood electronic media use and well-being 2 years later. Baseline data was collected from Sept. 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008, and follow-up data was collected from Sept. 1, 2009, through May 31, 2010. 


Creating Sensory Play at Little or No Cost by Wendy Ushers

A Resource book by the Play Doctors

Sensory play is any opportunity provided that enhances the use and development of our senses. This may involve all senses or may just focus on one or two. It can involve the environment, physical space, the use of play equipment or can involve adapting any item to become part of the child’s sensory play experience.


Physical Activity for Children and Young People

Produced by BHFNC and Funded by BHF

This latest evidence briefing from the BHFNC is now available to download. It focuses on children and young people aged 5-18 and looks at the available research evidence for the benefits of physical activity.


Get Up & Grow - Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood

Produced by the Australian Government - Department of Health and Ageing

The Get Up & Grow: Healthy eating and physical activity for early childhood guidelines and accompanying resources have been developed by child health and early childhood professionals in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. State and territory governments were also consulted in the development of these resources. 


Developing Physical Literacy: A Guide for Parents of Children Ages 0 to 12

Childhood obesity threatens the future health of Canada, and the problem needs to be addressed NOW if we are to prevent a generation of children from growing up with chronic health problems.

We also know that being physically active later in life depends on feeling confident in an activity setting; and that confidence, as an adult, most often comes from having learned fundamental movement and sport skills as a child.
Therefore, to create an active and healthy population ALL Canadian children need a sound foundation of movement and sport skills to build on later in life; and this foundation is called Physical Literacy.


Developmental Delay - Information for Families

Contact a Family - has published a report on developmental dely in young children. The guide is for parents and carers who think their child is not developing as they ought to be, or who have been told that their child has developmental delay or global developmental delay.