Category Archives: Barnet Healthy Early Years

Guidance: Preparing for Literacy in Early Years

According to this report from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) around 13% of children in the UK could have undiagnosed eye conditions – like short-sightedness, or astigmatism – that hold back the development of their literacy skills. While these issues can affect all children, those from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to go without a diagnosis.

The seven recommendations in the guidance report are each designed to support nurseries and early years settings to provide every child – but particularly those from disadvantaged homes – with a high-quality and well-rounded grounding in early literacy. A short summary is available.

To read the report click here

To read a summary of the report click here.

Planning for Pregnancy Tool

This innovative tool, Planning for Pregnancy, produced by Tommy’s,  provides tailored information for women on how they can prepare before conception in order to have a healthy pregnancy. It is endorsed by NHS England, the Institute of Health Visitors and the Royal College of General Practitioners. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists news item explains more.

BNF Healthy Eating Week Resources

All the BNF Healthy Eating Week 2018 resources continue to be freely accessible for those who are still planning to run a Healthy Eating Week this year.

Follow the links below to find the resources you need:

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.