Child Health & Well Being

Play England - Freedom to Play 
Resources include briefing papers, research reports, good practice guides and case studies. They cover topics ranging from play to health.

Love Outdoor Play - Led by Play England
The Love Outdoor Play campaign is calling on everyone to do something to make sure that more children can play out more often. This could be as simple as taking five minutes to map your favourite place to play on the online map, helping out at your local play project or spreading the Love Outdoor Play. 

Sesame Institute - Drama and Movement Therapy  
Leading authority on a movement approach to treating traumatised young children.

Moving to Learn
Making the connection between Movement, Music, Learning and Play (Birth to 3 years). Books & Music with good ideas for very young children. A selection is free to download.

Jabadao - Everybody Needs to Play
Dance based approach to Early Years activities.
Jabadao was established in 1985 to create opportunities for prople of all ages and energies to be exuberantly, and physically, playful. 

Learning Together to Improve Child Health

The pioneering ‘Learning Together’ scheme by the RCPCH and the RCGP advocates GP and paediatric trainees working side by side in order to share ideas and learn from each other.

The Learning Together scheme which involved GP and paediatric registrars - paediatricians and GPs in their final year(s) of training - working in clinics together has been piloted in London and has led to referral or A&E visits being avoided in 55% of appointments and saw compliance with clinical guidelines move from 57% to 76%.


Fairness for Children

hbsc & unicef | A league table of inequality in child well-being in rich countries | 2016

This Report Card presents an overview of inequalities in child well-being in 41 countries of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It focuses on ‘bottom-end inequality’ – the gap between children at the bottom and those in the middle – and addresses the question ‘how far behind are children being allowed to fall?’in income, education, health and life satisfaction. 



Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet - England, 2014 [NS]

Publication date: February 26, 2014


This statistical report presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources.

The topics covered include:

  • Overweight and obesity prevalence among adults and children
  • Physical activity levels among adults and children
  • Trends in purchases and consumption of food and drink and energy intake
  • Health outcomes of being overweight or obese.

Key facts

  • The proportion of adults with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) decreased between 1993    and 2012 from 41.0 per cent to 32.1 per cent among men and from 49.5 per cent to 40.6 per cent among women.
  • There was a marked increase in the proportion of adults that were obese between 1993 and 2012 from 13.2 per cent to 24.4 per cent among men and from 16.4 per cent to 25.1 per cent among women.


Moving Smart - A Moving Child is a Learning Child
Movement is at the very core of how children develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, and of course, physically. Here at Moving Smart we foster children's naturally move-to-learn style while helping parents and teachers understand the comprehensive benefits of all that wiggling! That's why we say "A Moving Child is a Learning Child."

Outdoor Nation -
Evidence of a long-term and dramatic decline in children’s relationship with the outdoors is ‘overwhelming’ and urgent action is needed to bridge this growing gap before its too late, according to a new report published by the National Trust.

Creative with Kids - Things to do with Kids
A web site with many ideas for being Creative with Kids - Things to do with Kids. There is a printer friendly version. Simple and accessible