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A History of The INPP Method 1975-2018

This is a must read for all those interested in the history and on-going work of the INPP. Despite continuing resistance from a range of bodies – this organisation stands by its principles and approach to addressing learning issues in young children.


Children’s Mental Health – Beyond the Green Paper. The Role of Practice-Based Evidence

This is the latest report from the APPG on a ‘Fit and Healthy Childhood.

It claims that a reformed 1983 Mental Health Act will not be effective unless/until the needs of children are ‘placed first, last and foremost’ – that poor mental health often presents itself in childhood and is often either ‘missed or dismissed.’ The report calls for a commitment to ‘joined up’ working from all agencies – that would be cost effective and have a positive impact on children’s health and welfare.


TAGTIV8 – a resource to review.

This is a really interesting and innovative approach that effectively combines physical activity with skills linked to literacy and numeracy. Although aimed at the Primary sector – the TED talk is definitely worth viewing and the approach to learning promoted here has some very clear links to the experiential learning so critical in the Early Years.


An innovative approach to baby swimming

Acknowledging the entire experience for parents, babies and young children of arriving at the pool, getting changed, entering the water and moving in a different element – this approach promotes swimming as an important part of experiential learning rather than a necessary physical skill.


Playing Out: A Children’s Commissioner’s report on the importance to children of play and physical activity

A succinct but useful report – not much included that we didn’t already know – and the same old recommendations are trotted out, e.g. ‘Government: recognize the importance of play and activity for children’s physical and mental health’ – since when did ‘recognising’ drive effective action? But it highlights the very real concerns children have about their community facilities – and the barriers they face in finding opportunities to be physical that work for them.


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.