Category Archives: Tri-Borough Healthy Early Years

No Pens Day Wednesday – 4th October 2017

The full suite of free resources for No Pens Day Wednesday 2017 from The Communication Trust is now live on their website.

With only a few weeks left until the big day, now is the perfect time to sign up! In addition to releasing their new 2017 activity pack, they have added over 15 new free lesson plans to the site (the total is now over 200, which includes over 20 plans specifically for early years settings) as well as a selection of new posters that you can use to publicise your No Pens Day Wednesday around your school.

Did you know that No Pens Day Wednesday  takes place during Dyslexia Awareness Week 2017? In association with the British Dyslexia Association, they have developed a document with some fantastic suggestions about how dyslexic students can be supported during No Pens Day.

To access all of these resources and to strengthen the focus on speech, language and communication skills in your school or setting, sign up here. 
Once you have registered you will be able to take part in No Pens Day Wednesday on 4th October 2017 (or whenever works best for you)! 

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

Winter Readiness Information

As winter approaches, it is important that schools are reminded and updated on important health considerations for their pupils/students, parents/carers and staff.

Pupils and staff in schools are particularly susceptible to infections which increase over the winter months, such as seasonal influenza (flu) and stomach infections (such as norovirus). These can be very infectious and cause outbreaks in school settings due to the close contact amongst pupils and staff. The spread of these illnesses can be limited by improving infection control practices within the school.

Young children and/or those with chronic illnesses are also at risk of developing complications from certain vaccine-preventable infections such as measles and flu. It is important that they are immunised to prevent any complications and to reduce the likelihood of outbreaks in a school setting.

This briefing from Public Health England, Winter readiness information for London schools 2017-2018, provides:

  1. Key messages for head teachers on winter preparedness.
  2. Two checklists on flu and norovirus readiness and when and how to report outbreaks.
  3. Leaflets and further information on flu, norovirus and meningitis.

Whooping Cough: Vaccination in Pregnancy

Public Health England have released a leaflet and a poster providing advice and guidance to support the whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy programme.

The leaflet provides in-depth information on:

  • why the vaccine is needed
  • how maternal pertussis vaccination helps to protect babies from whooping cough
  • when expectant mothers can have the vaccine
  • vaccine safety and efficacy.

The poster has been designed to promote the need for maternal pertussis vaccination which is now recommended from week 16 of each pregnancy. It is suitable for GP surgeries, hospitals, maternity units, nurseries, child care centres and libraries.

Click on the link to download the leaflet and poster: Whooping Cough in Pregnancy

Early Talk Boost

This is a 10 week intervention programme, presented by Carolyn Gelenter, supporting children’s language and communication skills, running for about 30-40 minutes 3 times a week.

It is one of the only specific interventions that focus on language disadvantage rather than impairments or difficulties. Early Talk Boost is aimed at nursery and reception.

Your school will need to send the early years lead and the early years practitioner who will be running the training.

The course is free but you will need to order materials from ICAN with a minimum cost of about £400.

For more information about this ICAN evidence-based licensed programme go on

For more information please contact Carolyn Gelenter at

Cost:  Free for Tri Borough participants   
This course will be held at the Access & Inclusion Centre,
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School, Kennet Road, W9 3LG

Oral Health Training

There are two Free Oral Health Training Sessions coming up:

  1. For Community Champions and Children Centre Staff:
  • Date: 22nd September @017
  • Venue: Charecroft Estate Community Hall
  • Address: Rockley Rd, London W12 8PQ
  • Time: 09:00 – 11:30

2. For healthcare staff working with childrenOral Health Level 2

  • Date: 02/10/2017
  • Venue: Training Rooms, Parsons Green Health Centre
  • Address: 5-7 Parsons Green, Fulham SW6 4UL
  • Time: 09:15 -12:00

Both trainings must be booked in advance. If you are interested please email Binodbikash Simkhada (Family Oral Health Promotor) at