Category Archives: Barnet Healthy Early Years

Staying Safe on Holiday

This article, ‘Staying Safe on Holiday‘ is a reminder from the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) that we should exercise the same caution with holiday accommodation as we would at home. This update gives a few checks and precautions to ensure parents and carers are not caught off guard on holiday. Also links to CAPT’s definitive guide to summer safety.

Fit and Active Barnet Campaign

Being active is easy, fun and social. It can also be a great way of reducing stress and lifting your mood. Leading a healthy lifestyle helps keep your heart healthy, reduces your risk of serious illnesses and strengthens muscles and bones. It is also a great way to spend time with family, meet friends and get involved in the local community.

With only half of Barnet’s adult population physically active for at least 150 minutes per week, and the borough facing many health inequalities, including increased prevalence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and growing obesity levels amongst our children and young people; it is time to tackle this together!

On the 17th July, the Fit and Active Barnet (FAB) campaign was launched and will encourage residents to include more activity in to their day and feel FAB! The campaign will involve the delivery of a range of marketing and promotional materials including bus shelter advertisements, high street posters, Barnet First splash (delivered to approximately 155,000 households), social media updates, posters within GP surgeries and libraries and digital advertising.

As well as the promotional activities being run from 17 July, there will also be a free FAB Card for residents and a FAB Hub.  To find out more see the attached document: FAB Campaign – Partner Pack FINAL

THINK! Child Road Safety Campaign

The THINK! child road safety campaign includes more than 50 free resources to make it easier for parents, teachers and road safety officers to teach children aged 3 – 16 to be safer on our roads.

Children are being urged to ‘Stop, Look, Listen, Think’ in our new road safety campaign which featured CiTV presenter Sam Homewood assisting a road safety lesson with Holy Family School in Walthamstow.

Children may benefit from interactive ways of learning – so a range of resources which include lesson plans, games and educational films with photographs and illustrations created by students from Farnborough Sixth Form College have been produced: www.think.gov.uk/education

Skin-to-Skin Contact

Unicef have produced this guidance on what skin-to-skin contact is, why it is important and what happens during skin-to-skin contact.

Skin-to-Skin contact helps a baby to adjust to life outside the womb and is highly important for supporting mothers to initiate breastfeeding and to develop a close, loving relationship with their baby.

The accompanying video covers both the theory and practice of skin to skin as well as what it can mean to mothers and babies meeting each other for the first time.

Guidance: Health Protection in Schools and other Childcare Facilities

Public Health England (PHE) have published this practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings.

This updated guide published in 2017 provides advice on:

  • preventing the spread of infections,
  • which diseases to vaccinate for,
  • how long to keep children away from school,
  • managing infectious diseases
  • and cleaning the environment.

Click on the link to read the guide: Health Protection in Schools and other Childcare Facilities