Category Archives: Harrow Healthy Early Years

New Resources to Support Healthy Dental Habits

Change4Life has had a busy start this academic year, with some exciting new resources:

  • For the first time, Change4Life has created dental lesson plans to support primary school teachers in educating their pupils about how to keep their teeth healthy
  • In recent weeks, Our Healthy Year calendar wallcharts have been sent to Reception and Year 6 classes in England. The wallcharts will get pupils eating well and moving more in the year in which they participate in the National Child Measurement Programme

Wellbeing Resources

National Literacy Trust research shows that children who enjoy reading are three times more likely to have good mental wellbeing than children who don’t enjoy reading.

The Trust has worked with children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, to produce a series of free wellbeing-themed teaching resources for primary schools, secondary schools and parents.

The resources for Primary Schools include:

  • A wellbeing assembly PowerPoint
  • Teachers’ notes to help you deliver the assembly
  • A book list with titles for children organised in age ranges 0-3, 3-5, 5-7 and 7-11, including:
  • Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton
  • Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna
  • The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

The resources for Secondary schools include:

  • A wellbeing assembly PowerPoint
  • Teachers’ notes to help you deliver the assembly
  • A book list including titles for children which includes young adult titles, including:
  • Wonder by R J Palacio
  • Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson
  • Blame My Brain by Nicola Morgan

The resources for Parents include:

  • Top tips for parents to help their children have a happy and healthy outlook on life
  • A book list with books for all ages including very young children
  • More activities, book suggestions and tips on Words for Life

To find out more and download click here

Mental Health in the Workplace

World Mental Health day takes place on 10 October

ACAS have guidance to help manage mental health in the workplace and have developed a new framework for positive mental health at work, for employers, employees and line managers.

Acas guidance and resourcesMental Health in the Workplace

Acas Chair, Sir Brendan Barber, introduces the new Acas Framework for Positive Mental Health at Work in his new blog.

Acas offers free e-learning on ‘Mental Health Awareness for Employers’. Register for Acas’ FREE eLearning courses here.

Oral Health Resource for Early Years

Harrow Council have produced this resource pack (attachment) to provide all the key evidence based information for anyone working with families and young children to support them to deliver consistent health messages, including workshops with families, on dental health.

The pack contains information on;

  • the importance of dental health,
  • practical examples of what can be done,
  • ideas on starting conversations
  • some useful resources which can be photocopied for using with families
  • and links to other useful sites.

This resource pack has been designed to be used in conjunction with the face-to face training sessions.

To obtain a copy please email Anna Brennan-Craddock:

Flu Vaccination 2018-19

With another flu season almost upon us, this blog from Public Health England answers some key questions about flu and flu vaccination.

There are certain groups who are at higher risk from flu; these include:

  • pregnant women,
  • those over the age of 65
  • and those with serious health conditions.

Flu vaccine is offered to people in all of these groups, as well as some children, to help protect them from catching and spreading flu.

The London Health Inequalities Strategy

This strategy, from the Major of London, tackles the determinants of health which lead health inequalities by focusing on five key areas, including healthy children – helping every London child to have a healthy start in life by supporting parents and carers, early years settings and schools.

The London health inequalities strategy also includes a recommendation to be Baby Friendly.