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Public Health England: Every Mind Matters Campaign

Public Health England, with support from some of the most respected organisations in the field, launched a new mental health campaign called “Every Mind Matters” in October 2019.

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:

Anna Brennan-Craddock
Health Education Partnership
Tel: 0770 3814831


Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Service: 2019-20 Calendar

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.

For any enquiries around training please email:

Booking Form: 2019-2020 EY Training Course Booking Form

Training Calendar: 2019-2020 EY Training Calendar

Winter Readiness Information for London Schools and Nurseries

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.

To read the briefing click on the link now:  Winter readiness information for London schools 2019-20

RHS Campaign for School Gardening

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

Celebrating Speech, Language and Communication and Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder

Join The Bi-Borough Local Authority in raising awareness of Developmental Language Disorder and celebrating speech and language this October!

International DLD Awareness Day is coming up on Friday 18th October and we will be supporting the cause across Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

Sessions will be running throughout the week commencing Monday 14th October, including training sessions, latest research sessions, and pop-up stalls. A launch event including latest research, and a keynote speech and poetry reading from Michael Rosen will also be held on Friday 11th October.

All of the events are free, and refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions or would like some more information, please get in touch with a Speech and Language Therapist or email:


Friday 11th October: Launch Event
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
Location: Small Hall, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX
Come for an afternoon of conversation all about speech, language, and communication! Speakers will consider the importance of communication skills and give an overview of latest research and work being done around the subject, with speeches from ICAN President Bob Reitemeier and NAPLIC Chair Stephen Parsons. The event will also provide an opportunity to hear the inspiring stories of local young people living with DLD.

2007 to 2009 Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will be speaking on the importance of spoken language, before doing a poetry reading and book signing from 3:30pm. Bring your kids along to see a spectacular performance and celebration of language!

Monday 14th October
Morning Pop-Up Stall on Church Street
Time: all morning
Location: outside Church Street Library, 67 Church St, Marylebone, London NW8 8EU
Come along and chat to a Speech and Language Therapist about anything to do with speech and language. Therapists will have helpful resources on hand, as well as information on support and training that is available. If you have any concerns about your child’s communication or would like some general tips, they’re here to help!

Tuesday 15th October
Makaton Taster Session
Time: 10.00am-11:30am
Location: The Medical Centre, 7E Woodfield Road, London W9 3XZ
Makaton uses signs, symbols, and speech to help people communicate. This workshop will give a general introduction into what Makaton is and how it is used, as well as the chance to learn a few signs and symbols. It is open to everyone and a perfect opportunity for parents/carers with a child under 5 and early years practitioners who would like to learn more.

Open morning – Ark Brunel Primary School
Time: 10.00am-11:45am
Location: Middle Row, North Kensington, London W10 5AT
The Speech and Language Department at Brunel is a specialist resource base, that provides support and intervention programmes for up to sixteen children identified as having a speech, language and communication need. The aim of the resource base is to meet those needs, so that children can access the mainstream curriculum and the social opportunities offered within the wider school, whilst developing their independence.

Managed by two specialist teachers, two teaching assistants and a speech and language therapist, the resource base provides an environment which enables small group learning and direct intervention alongside and/or in addition to regular classroom learning. Collaboration between class teacher, specialist teacher and therapist, ensures that appropriate speech, language, communication and learning goals and opportunities are identified for each individual child.

The Speech and Language Department at Ark Brunel Primary Academy are only able to offer places to children who have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) that identifies speech, language and communication as a primary need. But this is a chance to see a specialist unit and what they can offer which may be of interest to teachers, other professionals and parents.

Early Childhood Development and Communication
Time: 10:30am-12pm
Location: Training Room, Cheyne Children’s Centre, 10 Thorndike Close, Chelsea, London SW10 0ST
Julie Revels is a nationally recognised trainer and consultant specialising in early years special educational needs and disabilities and inclusion, and social, emotional, and mental health. She will be speaking about the importance of the early development of communication and interaction, as well as considering what is currently understood about the impact of adverse childhood experiences.

‘Words Alive’ Training
Time: 3:30pm-5pm
Location: Christ Church Primary School, 1 Robinson Street, Chelsea, London SW3 4AA
This training session is an introduction to teaching vocabulary based on research about how we understand and remember words, and how we use them in context. The session will be based on the Word Aware programme by Stephen Parsons and Anna Branagan and include lots of practical ideas to use in the classroom as well as an overview of theory.

Wednesday 16th October: No Pens Day Wednesday
This is a fantastic chance for schools and settings to get children to put down their pens for the day and focus on speaking and listening activities. There are lots of great ideas and resources on the Communication Trust website.

Developing Understanding of Developmental Language Disorder
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Training Centre, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School, Kennet Rd, London W9 3LG
DLD is often quoted as the most significant disability that no one knows about. This course will focus on how to identify and support children with DLD, open to anyone that is interested in learning more about the condition and getting tips working with children with the disorder. Stay around after the session for lunch and a chance to chat about speech! Places need to be booked online:

Talking Time: An Update on the Early Years Research in the Bi-Borough
Time: 12:30pm-1pm
Location: Training Centre, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School, Kennet Rd, London W9 3LG
Have some lunch and hear Claire Forrest speak on her hugely interesting and important Talking Time Research! Half of all children in areas of social deprivation start school with identified speech, language, and communication needs. Claire and colleagues have looked at the effectiveness of addressing this through improving learning environments and training nursery staff.

Thursday 17th October
Using Apps to Support Speech and Language Development
Time: 9:30am-11am
Location: Hallfield Primary School, Porchester Gardens, Bayswater, London W2 6JJ
Apps can be a great tool for aiding speech and language development. They can provide accessible information and tips on how to support your child, and provide engaging activities that will help them learn while having fun. But it can be difficult to know what to look for when choosing apps. This session will cover some of the most important considerations and features, and provide an overview of some that are currently on the market.

The Impact of Language on Social, Emotional, and Mental Health in Adolescence
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Location: Art Room, St Marylebone C.E School Sixth Form Site, 14 Blandford Street, London W18 4AZ
There are close links between speech and language difficulties and social, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing. Explore these links by coming to this session. Claire Forrest will speak on latest research, having investigated the pathways between DLD and increased social and emotional difficulties in adolescents for her PhD. Kate Saunders is a local Speech and Language Therapist working in the Youth Offending Service who will be sharing her experiences and advice.

Friday 18th October: International DLD Awareness Day
Join us in celebrating International DLD Awareness Day! We will be providing resources that you can display and distribute to help raise awareness for people with Developmental Language Disorder and more can be found on the RADLD website.

Shop and Chat and Afternoon Pop-Up Session
Time: all afternoon
Location: Sainsbury’s Superstore, Canal Way, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA
Come along and chat to a Speech and Language Therapist about everything speech and language. Therapists will have helpful resources on hand, as well as information on support and training that is available. If you have any concerns about your child’s communication or would like some general tips, they’re here to help!

Keep a look out for signs up around the Sainsbury’s Superstore on Ladbroke Grove throughout the week giving ideas for having fun chatting with your child while shopping!


Which Flu Vaccine Should Children Have?

Two types of flu vaccine are available for children in 2019 to 2020: the ‘live’ nasal spray vaccine and the inactivated injected flu vaccine. This chart indicates which vaccine children should get and who is eligible.