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Early Years Education Recovery Programme

The government is providing a package of up to £180 million of workforce training, qualifications and support and guidance for the early years sector to help address the impact of the pandemic on the youngest and most disadvantaged children.

The programmes are designed for early years:

  • practitioners
  • leaders
  • settings, including private, voluntary, independent organisations, childminders, school based nurseries and maintained nursery schools

Designed to support all areas of the early years sector, the package offers training in:

Additional funding for qualifications:

Support and guidance to all early years settings through:

For further details -  click here.

Chat, Play, Read

You can encourage parents and carers to chat, play and read more with their children with the help of the Home Learning Environment campaign. Better Health Start for Life and the Department for Education will continue this campaign in 2023. From Monday 16th January national paid media and search advertising will be encouraging Chat, Play, Read.

A range of resources are available on the Campaign Resource Centre including A4 and A3 Posters, Empty belly posters (so you can add in local activities such as chat and play sessions), Digital Screens, Social Media toolkit and Campaign Communications Toolkit (which includes guidance for healthcare practitioners).

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Lift Someone Out of Loneliness

Loneliness can have a huge impact on our wellbeing, but there are lots of simple actions you can take to help lift yourself or others out of loneliness.

Following the success of last year’s national campaign, which saw some very positive steps towards people taking action to help feelings of loneliness, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will soon be launching their new loneliness campaign activity as part of the Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign.

The campaign primarily aims to reach 16-34 year olds by encouraging them to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’, knowing that this will likely help their own feelings of loneliness. This is based on recent research that shows that people in this demographic are at higher risk of feeling lonely compared to other age groups, but less likely to seek advice and support.

The Every Mind Matters loneliness webpage has advice for ways to help yourself or others who may be feeling lonely and suggested support routes.

The multi-channel, campaign will launch on 30th January and run until 13th March 2023.

The new and updated campaign toolkit for 2023, with updated key messaging, assets and draft social media copy is now available to download on the Campaign Resource Centre for you to use from 30th January.

They have also developed ‘Lift someone out of loneliness’ campaign posters which can also be downloaded on the Campaign Resource Centre.

If you require further information at this stage, please contact campaigns@dcms.gov.uk.

If you’re feeling lonely search ‘Every Mind Matters; for support and advice or go to https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/lifes-challenges/loneliness/.

Brook x Lil-Lets: Big Period Lesson Live

Calling all teachers! Brook and Lil-Lets invite you and your students to their Big Period Lesson Live at 10am on Wednesday 1 March 2023. This broadcast is free to access and aimed at everyone in year 6 and 7.

Led by expert Brook educators, this lesson will support your students to:

  • Define what puberty is and understand body changes
  • Understand the correct names for parts of the internal reproductive organs
  •  Understand key facts about periods and menstrual cycle – including the emotional and physical changes that people can experience
  • Understand that periods, experiences and bodies are unique for each person
  • Understand the range of products available and how to choose the right one for them
  • Identify ways to help someone manage their own menstrual cycle or support others
  • Know where to ask for help with questions about their bodies

It would be useful if the young people viewing the broadcast have access to a smart phone or personal device. They will be asking some questions on mentimeter.com and we would like as many people to take part as possible.
Register now!

How to Talk about Childhood Obesity - Toolkit

How we talk about child health and obesity matters. Impact on Urban Health have developed this toolkit,  with lots of resources, focusing on the language to be used when talking about childhood obesity.

Healthy Coping Strategies For Young People

The next Schools in Mind seminar will be exploring the importance of healthy coping strategies for dealing with difficult emotions.

Join them on 26th January, when they’ll share practical examples of coping strategies and emotional regulation tools that young people can use, and share resources to help education staff introduce these strategies to their students.

Book your free place now - Click Here

CLCH Oral Health Promotion Team

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH) Oral Health Promotion Team are a dedicated team who specialise in the care and support of oral health for children and their families.

Despite being a preventable disease, dental decay remains the top reason for hospital non-emergency admissions for 5–9-year-olds across the boroughs with many children having teeth extracted under a general anaesthesia. Poor oral health may also result in poor general health as well as:

  • Oral infection and discomfort/pain.
  • Difficulty eating, sleeping, talking, and socialising due to pain.
  • Absence from nursery due to sleepless nights caused by toothache or by visits to the dentist for treatment

The following support is available:

  • Oral Health training to Staff in Early Years, Children Centres, and Schools (face to face or virtual)
  • Visits to Stay and Play groups at Children Centres where information and resources are shared with families
  • Parents sessions (face to face or virtual) 
  • Attend coffee mornings at schools to promote oral health messages
  • Provide resources to improve oral health in your setting 
  • Offer various support in promoting oral health if you have chosen Oral Health for your HEYL Silver/Gold award project

For further information, please contact 

Fiona – f.flynn3@nhs.net

Rachael – Rachael.crosbie@nhs.net

Resources for Breast-Feeding Parents

The GP Infant Feeding Network  has a wide range of resources to support parents who are breast feeding.

Guidance on physical activity for children and young people with disabilities

The UK Chief Medical Officers have released the first ever guidance on physical activity for children and young people with disabilities aged 2-17 years. There is an:

  • Evidence review - Findings of the health benefits and potential risks of physical activity for children and young people who have disabilities.
  • and an infographic, to summarise the results.
Brook's My Life 1-1 Programmes

Brook’s My Life  1-1 programmes are an early help intervention which aim to awaken and enhance young people’s motivation, knowledge  and skill to effectively assess and manage risk, build resilience and improve their own health and wellbeing.

Each programme follows a structure which enables the Brook specialist and the young person to work in partnership to create a bespoke programme which meets the needs of the young person. The sessions combine education on relevant relationships, sexual health and health and wellbeing topics and motivational and coaching activities all of which are selected from a toolkit of quality assured resources.  The My Life programme is a six week programme. The young person must agree to the referral and do not have to take part in the programme if they decide it is not for them.

To make a referral please follow this link

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