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Changing Children’s Chances – Understanding child disadvantage

Some interesting new research from Australia – the ‘Changing Children’s Chances’ project ‘aimed to identify patterns in children’s experiences of disadvantage over time and quantify the long-lasting impact of disadvantage.’ A multi-partner initiative – there are some findings here that may resonate and provide some useful data for related studies.


Infographics from PHE

New – useful – infographics from PHE – core health messages for pregnant women and children from birth to school age.


Latest Obesity Statistics

These are the most current obesity statistics available –  those for the Reception year should be noted.


Early Childhood Education for Sustainability

Liverpool John Moores University has developed innovative resources for the early years sector in support of our contribution to Early Childhood Education for Sustainability.


Have a look at these 2 minute films - quite a revelation!

As the filmmaker and photographer Jacob Krupnik says 'There's a tendency to protect our kids from any potential sources of harm, shower them with praise and carefully curate every experience - what happens when we lower our guard and trust things will be alright?' He describes the films as 'playful pieces' - but the subtext is also important - 'kids are strange, mysterious little people - and they need a bit of danger in their lives - they are built for adventure.' It is fascinating to see how they manage themselves independently in a range of completely unsupervised situations - and how much they enjoy being given free rein - if only for a short while.


Contributions sought for consultation on the CMO Physical Activity guideline

Six years on – and what impact have these guidelines had on EY practice? The DfE missed a prime opportunity when they failed to embed them in the revised EYFSC this year – so what leverage do we actually have? Why should practitioners take any notice – what is the incentive to engage – let alone implement? It would be useful to provide feedback.


Latest ‘Obesity Update’ from the OECD

This gives a concise overview of obesity stats worldwide – some interesting ideas included to address the issue – particularly around the use of social media.


Sit Less – Move more

A very useful resource from NZ – a commendable holistic approach – giving sleep such a prominent position within this framework is something we should give some serious thought to here.


New report on Parent-Child interactions – what works?

Definitely worth reading – but no mention here of the critical importance of Physical Development. Yet again – the developmental domain that underpins and supports all learning is omitted. Why? The three areas of child development highlighted in this review – attachment, behaviour and cognitive/language development are profoundly affected by the range of physical opportunities experienced by young children. A useful report – but failing to include physical development just speaks volumes about the lack of awareness and understanding regarding this field that continues to prevail in the EY sector.