Category Archives: Barnet Healthy Early Years

Mouth Cancer Month

This campaign is taking place through the Month of November.

More than 7,500 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year (Oral Health foundation 2017). With oral cancers on the increase this campaign helps to increase education and raise awareness.

How can I keep my mouth healthy?

  • It is important to visit your dentist regularly, even people without teeth should see a dentist regularly to check the mouth is healthy, this is especially important if you smoke and drink alcohol.
  • Regularly check your mouth for any changes that may occur. Look out for red or white patches or ulcers that have not healed within three weeks. Check under your tongue and inside your cheeks.
  • When exposed to the sun, be sure to use a protective sun cream and a lip-specific sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher
  • A good diet, rich in vitamins provides protection against the development of mouth cancer. Plenty of fruit and vegetables help the body to protect itself, in general, from most cancers.
  • Cut down on your smoking and drinking – excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of developing mouth cancer by up to four times. Those who both smoke and drink to excess are up to 30 times more likely to develop the disease
  • To support these important oral health message the oral health promotion team in Barnet will be attending Children’s centres where they will be promoting and providing resources and information supporting these key messages.

Contacts for Oral Health Promotion:

Providing an oral health service to the early years, families and pupils at Barnet Primary schools in order to achieve the best oral health today and in the future

Workplace Health Needs Assessment

It can be hard for employers to understand where to prioritise investment in staff health and wellbeing, especially when moving beyond the basic health and safety legislative requirements.

A health needs assessment can be a useful and simple way to gather anonymous information about the health of a company’s workforce, and also provide a baseline of data against which to track progress.

This document, Workplace Health Needs Assessment, published by Public Health England, provides practical advice for employers on workplace health and a tool for carrying out workplace health needs assessments.  It is for employers of all types and sizes.

Active 10 App

Public Health England have launched the free Active 10 app to get the nation active and reduce the risk of serious illnesses including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The interactive app encourages users to build 10 minutes of brisk walking into their daily routine by setting goals, giving feedback and tracking progress.

For further information click on the link: Active 10 App

Road Safety for Early Years in Barnet

Barnet Safe and Sustainable Travel Team recognise the importance of early intervention in developing positive attitudes and behaviours for life, enabling children to become successful learners and confident individuals. The Travel Team  have a number of resources for Early Years:

1.‘Tool box’ resource kits are available for loan containing road mats, street signs and tabards encouraging engagement from the children. This can be booked and delivered to Early Years settings. When dropping off and/or collecting they can deliver their ‘Teddy Takes a Tumble’ programmes to the children. All enquiries for ‘Tool box’ loan can be made from Barnet schools or Children Centres through

2. Children’s Traffic Club London. The Children’s Traffic Club London is a road safety programmes designed for pre-school children and their parents and carers living in the capital. It teaches basic road safety and active travel messages in a fun and engaging way.

Each of your children under the age of 5 can enjoy a printed membership pack containing a storybook, stickers and access to the online content including interactive stories, games and songs, all set within familiar London environments. Each child along with their carer needs to register to become a member by using the unique code displayed on the sticker which is on the front of the membership pack. This is all FREE funded by Transport for London.

As an early years practitioner at Nursery School or Children Centres you can request the Nursery Leaders Guide. It comes with a guide introducing you to all aspects of the club from the names of the six child characters and their families, balloon characters, an introduction to the street environment and road safety messages. It will also contain a flat disc which is a USB containing 14 delightful films and additional resources. Again this is a FREE resource for you.

Transport for London have been working with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). It ensures that all the activities are clearly signposted so that you can quickly and easily identify the most suitable resource for delivering each of the areas of learning in the EYFS. This will enable you to observe and plan activities based on your children’s interest and support their learning across all areas.

3. Walk about, Talk about film looks at ways of helping young children learn about the street environment, how they can be shown ways of staying safer on London’s roads and how parents/carers can be good role models. Six short film sections show parents/carers and their children on different journeys. These are:

  • Introduction
  • Crossing the road
  • Safer crossing places
  • Travelling safely
  • Safer journeys
  • Journey planning

There are a limited amount of DVD copies available for your parents and for use in your setting in Barnet. Please contact: 

The filmed scenarios are also available on the TFL website at  follow the link to Educational resources at the bottom of the page, then, click on ‘Walk about, Talk about’.          

The Safe and Sustainable Travel Team in Barnet look forward to continually working in partnership with you, supporting children, schools and families in our Borough.

Health Protection in Schools Guidance

Public Health England have produced a practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings.

This guidance provides advice on:

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

To download this guide please click on the following link: Health Protection in Schools

Immunising Pre-School Children against Flu

Flu is a common infection in babies and children and can be very unpleasant for them. Children under the age of five have the highest hospital admission rates for flu compared to other age groups.

The link to the information given below, is from Public Health England,  and is about the annual flu vaccination programme for preschool children. It is for those working in the early years sector to inform them about the programme and how they can support it. It is for nursery and preschool managers and staff, and childminders delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and those who provide informal childcare, such as nannies.

Immunising Pre-School Children against Flu