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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.

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.

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.

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.

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