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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.

More than a game

Young children aren’t getting enough playtime outside, but why is that a problem, and how can you help to change the situation? Journalist John Windell reports.

Beating the back-to-school blues

The arrival of the new school year can be a difficult time for children, reports Phil Harris.

Doing it by the book

In an age of voice activation and touchscreen technology, has the humble book had its day? We look at why reading is still so crucial – and how community practitioners can help families get children into books.

Drawings of people identify gifted children

A study of portraits drawn by children finds details in a person’s appearance, like freckles, are included only by the ‘highly gifted’.

NI children’s commissioner warns against ‘unacceptable’ isolation discipline in schools

The children’s commissioner has spoken out against the practice of using ‘isolation rooms’ to discipline children in schools.

NI ahead on improving pupil literacy

Northern Irish pupils are the most likely to make improvements in reading, a UK-wide study has found.

Sex education: how to really do it

Children are growing up in a confusing world of online sex and modern gender norms, says Anna Scott. They require relevant, up-to-date sex education to keep them safe from harm and able to form healthy relationships.

Inter-professional education: A missed opportunity?

While a lack of coverage in the literature relating to inter-professional education suggests little activity in this area to date, joint training between health visitors, school nurses and social workers could be mutually beneficial, as Sarah Morton discovered.

England and Wales: boy of five among 400 sexting cases

Thousands of children, some as young as five, have been investigated for sexting. Nearly 400 children under the age of 12 have been spoken to by police in the last three years across England and Wales, according to freedom of information requests from the BBC.

Scotland: preconception health campaign launches

People who want to have children in the future are being encouraged to think about their health during their reproductive years as part of a new campaign by a health board.

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