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More than words

Nurturing language development in children should start from an early age, experts agree. But how can you support today’s parents to promote effective communication from the outset? Journalist Helen Bird reports.

Scotland: classroom obesity - a growing problem

The obesity inequality gap among Scottish school pupils is continuing to grow, with almost a quarter of children now starting school at risk of being overweight or obese.

BMI and university degree predict adolescent obesity

The BMI of mother and child and the mother’s education are the three simple predictors of a child being overweight or obese by the time they are a teenager.

England: Parental involvement unlocks children’s academic attainment

Parental engagement has a positive effect on a child’s academic attainment, regardless of age or socioeconomic status, according to a new report.

October news in numbers

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here.

USA: School readiness impaired in pre-schoolers with ADHD symptoms

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms are less likely to be school-ready than symptomless children the same age, a study says.

Denmark: Babies born to poorly educated women are more likely to die within the first year

A study shows that women with less than nine years of education, or no education, have an increased risk of their child dying during the first year, with premature birth and low fetal weight explaining 55% to 60% of cases.

UK: AI helps predict why children struggle at school

Researchers have harnessed artificial intelligence (AI) to better identify why children struggle at school.

UK: friends and role models cushion impact of ACEs

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can severely impact on a child’s education and health prospects, but resilience resources such as friends and role models can help lessen the impact, researchers have found.

Spotlight on sight loss

Low vision or blindness can significantly affect a child’s learning progress and mental health. Journalist Anna Scott takes a closer look at how community practitioners can help families live with visual impairment.

Adopting a better approach

Adoption is only the start of a new journey that can be both rewarding and challenging. How can you help support adoptive families? Journalist Rima Evans reports.

The future of practice

How might current and future technology developments impact on the way you carry out your work now and in the future? And how could this affect your clients? Journalist Peter Crush reports.

Holding on to primary healthcare nurses

Sue Randall and Tonia Crawford describe a programme in Sydney, Australia, that helps to recruit and retain community health nursing students.

England: new relationships education for an online world

All schools will teach children about good physical and mental health, how to stay safe online and offline, and the importance of healthy relationships.

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.

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