Food journey cards have been developed by Food – A Fact of Life, to teach nursery pupils about where food comes from and different food commodities. The cards show the journey from field to fork for fruit, vegetables, cereals, milk, lamb and potatoes.
Changes to standards for blinds in 2014 have led to improved product safety. New blinds with looped cords must have child safety devices installed at the point of manufacture or sold with the blind.
However, blinds installed earlier may not have these features and millions of households could be affected. The Office for Product Safety and Standards advice will help you make your home safer for your children and young visitors.
Fit a tidy, tensioner or a cleat: tidies and tensioners should be firmly fixed to an adjoining surface so that the cord or chain are permanently held tight.
Cleats should be positioned out of children’s reach on an adjacent surface, at least 1.5 metres from the floor.
Cords should be fastened in a figure of eight after every use of the blind, making sure all the spare cord is secured on the cleat.
Move furniture away from windows. Children love to climb, so keep furniture clear of window blinds. This includes cots, beds, highchairs and playpens.
The campaign aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions.
The campaign offers free, NHS-approved mental health resources, via the One You website, which helps build understanding of mental health and what individuals can do to improve and manage how they are feeling.
You can order a pack of printed resources which includes:
1 x guide with information about the campaign, how you can take part, and suggestions of things you can do for your employees and parents/carers
3 x A3 campaign posters
50 x conversation starters
1 x conversation starter dispenser
For Early Years settings, promoting this campaign will help you to meet the following criteria within the HEYL Bronze and Silver award:
S10a: Staff and practitioners can provide information for parents and carers about support available for mental health
S13a: All staff can confidentiality access advice, support and services to maintain their own health and wellbeing and healthy lifestyle
If you would like to order a pack for your setting please let Anna know:
The Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Service are delighted to share with you their new training calendar, referral form and telephone advice line for practitioners.
The training calendar has been changed and updated based on feedback from staff in the bi-borough. They have added new courses and changed timings. Attached is one document with all the information and the booking form, and then the same information separated out into individual courses.
The new early years speech and language therapy referral form comes in two formats. One that can be filled in electronically, and one that can be printed and filled in. They are asking for more information from referrers to enable them to more effectively triage the referrals as they come into the service.
The Early Years Telephone Advice Line is for anyone who is working in early years and would like advice on subjects such as training, when to refer, setting up a communicative supportive environment (see flyer for more information). They will not discuss individual children on this advice line.
All this information will also be available to download on the Local Offer website and the CLCH Speech and Language Therapy website.
This is an updated briefing from Public Health England.
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 and neurodevelopmental disorders are also at risk of developing complications from certain vaccine-preventable infections such as measles and flu. It is important that they are fully immunised to prevent any complications and to reduce the likelihood of outbreaks in a school setting. It is also essential that schools have up to date and easily accessible records of children identified as being in a risk group (see page 5 – Influenza risk groups – for more information). This will ensure that a rapid risk assessment regarding the need for post exposure treatment can be considered in the event of individual cases and/or an outbreak situation.
This briefing provides:
1. Key messages for head teachers on winter preparedness.
2. Two checklists on flu and norovirus readiness and when and how to report
3. Leaflets and further information on flu, norovirus and meningitis.
The Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening is aiming to teach children about sustainability, environmental issues, healthy fruit and vegetables and wildlife as well as life skills such as teamwork, social skills and co-operation.
Schools and youth groups can sign up online to receive free RHS resources, information, lesson plans and advice on creating and maintaining gardens, even with limited space. Nurseries can sign up as a ‘group’ here