Have a look at page 22. Point 62 - to claim it as an ‘ideal’ that EY should be properly funded to address this issue – is frankly insulting. Suggesting that we take a lead from Manchester simply because their scheme is ‘cost neutral’ and that everything can be changed by engaging with ‘digital growth charts’ as they require ‘no more time and no more effort’ -says it all really. Then it gets even more absurd on page 23 ‘Evidence based training should be made available...’ – well where is the funding going to come from for this – when ‘ideally’ the EY would cost nothing??!
This paper is very clear on the stress-cortisol-obesity links, along with associated alterations in circadian rhythms. It is absolutely fascinating. The research may not be specifically associated with infants, but the principles outlined here will surely apply to infants under constant stress with raised cortisol levels during the day, with also their levels rising further towards the end of the day, whereas normal levels for children not under stress in the home will be falling at this time, we know that.
An interesting paper by Jo Harris – making a very clear case for PE to become a core subject – not just for health reasons – but because the learning opportunities inherent in this subject – across all developmental domains - are in danger of being overlooked and ignored. Although the focus here is on Primary and beyond – there is much here for our field to consider.
Put simply – the ability to read, write and use numbers is fundamental. They are the building blocks for all new learning. Without firm foundations in these areas, a child’s life chances can be severely restricted. The basics need to be taught – and learned – well, from the start.
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.
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.
This book is a welcome addition to the EY Health- Wellbeing body of literature. A wonderfully practical, sensible, manageable approach to working with parents and supporting their own – and their children’s overall health.