Category Archives: Tri-Borough Healthy Early Years

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.

Diet and Lifestyle of Both Parents Play a Key Role in Health of Offspring

Parents’ diets and health can have profound implications for the growth, development, and long-term health of their children before their conception, according to a series of three papers published in The Lancet.

The findings have substantial societal and public health implications, and point to a new emphasis on preparing for conception. To help improve health in future generations, the authors call for a joint focus, including better guidance and support for individuals planning pregnancy, and increased public health measures to reduce obesity and improve nutrition. They suggest that behaviour change interventions, supplementation and fortification could lead to preconception health improvements.

To read the article click on the link:

School & Nursery Milk Alliance Guidance & Resources

The SMNA want to help schools encourage their pupils to drink milk, and have produced guidance for the National Governors’ Association which can be found here,

The government’s ‘Requirements for School Food Regulations 2014’, which came into force in January 2015, require that maintained schools must provide milk at least once during the school day. This briefing from the School and Nursery Milk Alliance looks at how to ensure children in school recieve the benefits of milk.

The School and Nursery Milk Alliance has also compiled resources for teachers in schools which can be found here.

Wrap, Splat Hat Competition for 3-11 year olds

Wrap, Splat, Hat sun awareness resources have now launched a new Wrap, Splat, Hat competition for 3-11 year-olds

The Wrap, Splat, Hat competition has two categories: .

  1. Colouring category for 3-5 year-olds
  2. Drawing and design category for 5-11 year-olds

It’s a fantastic opportunity for your pupils to put their colouring and creative skills into practice for a chance to win £1,000 towards outdoor equipment for their school or nursery. There are also sun safety goody bags for runners-up. Brought to you by Garnier Ambre Solaire in association with the British Skin Foundation, you can find out more and register for the Wrap, Splat, Hat here