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My child, my choice. A healthy motto?

Most parents believe they know what’s best for their children, but on education, parents and schools can come into conflict. What’s the best way forward, and how might you help? Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Closing the word gap

Wendy Nicholson MBE explains how Public Health England and the Department for Education are working to equip socially disadvantaged children with the speech, language and communication needs they require to fulfil their true potential.

USA: not reading to children creates ‘million word gap’

A US study has suggested young children whose parents read them five books a day enter nursery having heard about 1.4 million more words than their peers who were never read to.

India: free lunch boosts children’s test scores

Primary school children given free school lunches have significantly better learning outcomes.

Wales: lesson plans to teach young people healthy messages

Encouraging young people to take responsibility for their health is now easier with the launch of an online resource containing lesson plans and practical information for those who deliver key public health messages.

England: 370 schools to take part in new mental health trials

Hundreds of children are taking part in one of the largest trials in the world to boost the evidence about what works to support mental health and wellbeing.

England: reading with pre-schoolers is linked to language boost

Parents who read regularly with their small children can give them an eight-month language skill advantage, researchers have found.

Great Britian: infant-feeding website aims to help HVs support parents

A new infant-feeding website will help health visitors encourage breastfeeding and bottle-feeding parents to bond with their babies.

Scotland: online speech resource launched

New educational resources have been developed to help students, qualified health visitors and family nurses enhance the speech, language and communication (SLC) skills of young children.

Wales: life with learning disabilities targeted

The way services are delivered for people living with learning disabilities is to be transformed.

Northern Ireland: children’s rights harmed by failing public services

Systemic failures in education, poverty and mental health have been highlighted by Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland commissioner for children and young people.

Sensory learning helps children eat more healthily

Researchers have found that sensory-based education in nursery children promotes healthier eating habits.

Sex education overhaul

Sex education is being reformed as part of the development of a new curriculum due to be rolled out across schools and settings in Wales in 2022.

Curious children do better in maths and reading

Curious children are better able to grasp basic maths and reading, a study has suggested.

Wales: make children’s mental health a national priority, says assembly committee

Schools need preventative measures to support children’s mental health, a new report from the Welsh Assembly has found.

Road safety: treading carefully

With more cars on the road, and at higher speeds, there is an increase in fatal accidents. Journalist Caroline Roberts explores how we can keep each other safe.

Thank you, Ros!

Ros Godson, lead professional officer at Unite, retires at the end of 2017 after a 40-year career
in nursing. Her colleagues share their thoughts…

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