Author Archives: Wendy Craddock

Staying Safe when Out and About

Reminders from the Child Accident Prevention Trust about crossing roads safely and using age-appropriate restraints or seat belts when travelling with children or young people in a car.

This CAPT briefing was published during Child Safety Week to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.

Click on the link to find out more: Staying Safe when Out and About


Danger on the Changing Mat

Reminder from the Child Accident Prevention Trust concerning the danger of suffocation from nappy sacks:

Nappy sacks are pretty much essential kit for parents of babies and young children nowadays. They’re cheap, hugely convenient for dealing with soiled disposable nappies and some are even scented to mask the smell of the poo.

Great – but here’s the rub. Yes, like carrier bags, they’re made of plastic. Unlike carrier bags however, they:

  • don’t carry a warning;
  • are small and flimsy, so not as noisy – you may not know if your baby’s got hold of one;
  • are very thin so can easily cling to the face of a baby as it inhales and a young baby will be unable to pull it away;and
  • are likely to be kept within reach of babies and children, because they’re used for nappy changing.

Young babies under six months are at greatest risk of suffocation from nappy sacks. This is because they naturally grasp things and pull them to their mouths, but then find it difficult to let go. Choking can also happen if a baby inhales a bag.

Always keep nappy sacks well out of reach of babies and never put them in a cot, pram or buggy.

Child Health Profiles 2018 – now available

Public Health England (PHE) has published the Child Health Profile pdfs which present data across key health indicators of child health and wellbeing.

The profiles provide an annual snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England and sit alongside an interactive version which is available for both local authorities and CCGs.

They are designed to help local organisations understand the health needs of their community and work in partnership to improve health in their local area.

Diet and Lifestyle of Both Parents Play a Key Role in Health of Offspring

Parents’ diets and health can have profound implications for the growth, development, and long-term health of their children before their conception, according to a series of three papers published in The Lancet.

The findings have substantial societal and public health implications, and point to a new emphasis on preparing for conception. To help improve health in future generations, the authors call for a joint focus, including better guidance and support for individuals planning pregnancy, and increased public health measures to reduce obesity and improve nutrition. They suggest that behaviour change interventions, supplementation and fortification could lead to preconception health improvements.

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Money Sense – A Financial Education Programme

MoneySense is a free, curriculum-linked, impartial financial education programme from NatWest which provides you with everything you need to teach 5-18 year-olds about money.

It provides access to free resources which have direct links to DfE subjects and the programme is accredited by Young Enterprise and has received the Financial Education Quality Mark. Schools can request bank employees to help run free interactive workshops which allow the students to solve real life, money related issues.

To register for the programme click on the link:  MoneySense

Healthy Pupils Capital Funding Allocations

The Department for Education has published the healthy pupils capital fund for 2018-19.

Funds will be allocated to responsible bodies, such as local authorities and multi-academy trusts, to be distributed to schools. With money raised by the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, the healthy pupils capital funding supports schools to improve access to facilities for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing and medical conditions (such as kitchens, dining facilities, changing rooms, playgrounds and sports facilities).

To find out more: Healthy Pupils Capital Funding Allocations