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Burns & Scalds

The National Burn Injury Database reveals that it is estimated that on average 110 children per day are seen in emergency departments with burn injuries – 46 as a result of a hot cup of tea or coffee spill.

In fact the most common place of injury for children is in the home – 49% of whom are burnt in the kitchen. The majority of burn injuries occurring to children are between 3 and 6pm.

Most accidental burns and scalds injuries to children can easily be prevented. The key to prevention is understanding why young children are more at risk, and how these accidents can be prevented.

This resource  from CAPT provides more information about burns and scalds accidents and signposts other resources.

Gender Action Award Scheme

Young people’s goals for the future are set as young as seven years old. Gendered expectations have been shown to be one of the main influences on children’s aspirations.

But what role can educators play in challenging gender stereotypes?

A vital role – and Gender Action are here to help.

To tackle gender stereotypes in nurseries and schools, the Mayor is funding the new Gender Action award programme, to be rolled out across the capital in 2019.

The programme is being developed and run by a consortium of experts from the Institute of Physics, King’s College London, UCL Institute of Education and the University Council of Modern Languages. This will provide:

  • Guidance that works, backed by over a decade’s worth of research by leading institutions
  • Support that makes it quick and easy for practitioners to navigate and tackle gender stereotypes
  • Improved outcomes for children with broadened subject take up and careers aspirations
  • National recognition that your school is leading the way for gender equality

Educators can pledge their commitment to gender equality by registering at, as well as learning more about the programme and accessing their online resources to challenge gender stereotypes.


To become a Supporter of Gender Action, all you have to do is register on the website and complete a letter of commitment. You will be sent this letter once you have registered. This letter needs to be signed by the headteacher or a member of SLT to show whole-school commitment to challenging gender stereotypes.

Blog Article about challenging your own practice by Glyn Hawke, an early years teacher that Gender Action have worked with:

Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up Campaign

Westminster City Council is getting behind the new Change4Life campaign to help make sure children have plenty of active fun this summer!

You may already have heard that Change4Life and Disney are launching this exciting new campaign next month, encouraging families to get more active with 2019’s 10 Minute Shake Up programme. It aims to get children active for 60 minutes a day, with 10 minute bursts of active fun inspired by their favourite Disney characters.

Free campaign resources
Change4Life has created some fantastic resources to help organisations to promote the campaign and keep children moving! The free 10 Minute Shake Up campaign resources include event kits, posters, and Shake Up games packs for children. Order your free resources here.

Grant scheme
Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support organisations that work with children and families in Kensington and Chelsea to run activities that link to the 10 Minute Shake Up campaign and help children have a healthy, active summer. To request an application form and further details please email

Shake Up Play Day
The Council is planning a Shake Up themed Play Day event in August (date and venue TBC!). Local organisations will be invited to run activities and promote local services that help children and families to eat well and keep active. If you would like to get involved please email to express an interest and find out more.

Campaign launch workshop
The public health team is hosting a workshop for local organisations to learn more detail about the campaign directly from the national Change4Life team and discuss opportunities to get involved in local activities. It will be taking place on Tuesday 18th June between 10am – 12pm at the YAA Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, London W9 2AN. Register to attend here.

What should I do if I’m always stressed when I’m pregnant?

These tips from Best Beginnings, for managing stress in pregnancy are available and taken from Baby Buddy app, verified by experts on Best Beginning’s Editorial Board including representatives from Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Royal College of Psychiatrists as well as other key health organisations in the UK.

Click here to read the tips

Guidelines on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep for Children under 5

The new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age were developed by a WHO panel of experts. They assessed the effects on young children of inadequate sleep, and time spent sitting watching screens or restrained in chairs and prams. They also reviewed evidence around the benefits of increased activity levels.

See also To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more.

The important interactions between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and adequate sleep time, and their impact on physical and mental health and wellbeing, were recognized by the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, which called for clear guidance on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep in young children.

Applying the recommendations in these guidelines during the first five years of life will contribute to children’s motor and cognitive development and lifelong health.