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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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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.

Sugar Smart Barnet

A  Sugar Smart Early Year’s Setting and School is one that takes positive, proactive action against high sugar consumption and raises awareness of the consequences of having too much sugar; for children this includes tooth decay, excess weight, and even type 2 diabetes.

If you have not already signed up to the Sugar Smart Barnet campaign, this is a great time to get involved and pledge to become a Sugar Smart setting. You can sign up on the Sugar Smart website. When you sign up, you will be presented with a list exciting Sugar Smart actions/activities that you can choose for your setting to take part in and record activity for. There is a wealth of national and local support and resources to support your early year’s setting efforts. To explore what is available, please visit the Sugar Smart Barnet website (local) and the Sugar Smart website (national).

New Oral Health Promoter - Barnet 0-19 Healthy Child Programme.

This oral health promotion service links in with Children Centres, families, and pupils at Barnet Primary Schools to provide FREE advice to parents around dental health and oral hygiene.

The service includes:

  • Supervised tooth brushing programme in classroom activities to help facilitate tooth brushing skills.
  • Children will be offered ‘Brushing for Life’ packs distributed with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and an information pack for families

For information on the Healthy Child Programme 4 Barnet service

Healthy Start Vouchers

The NHS Healthy Start Scheme is for those who want to give their child and themselves the healthiest start in life. The new prepaid card allows you to get at least £4.25 a per week of food staples & check your balance at nearby ATMs with the Mastercard logo.  If you’re pregnant or have a child under the age of 4, you could be entitled to receive a prepaid card to support the cost of healthy essentials.

There are many benefits to joining the NHS Healthy Start Scheme. It could take as little 5 minutes to see if you qualify and to complete the online application form. Find out more here.

Brain Breaks!

Brain breaks are mental and physical activities to break up a period of concentration. They may be particular useful after spending long periods sitting or using technology. The brain break may be relaxing or energizing, but they are always intended to get the body and mind going and help children focus once they return to normal classroom activities.

This resource from Anna Freud is designed for:

  • children of all ages
  • use with a whole class

Depending of the age of the children, the brain breaks could be used every hour or less for around five minutes. Try to use a variety, and fit them well to the mood and situation. For example, you should choose an active brain break if the previous activity is sedentary, or a maths-related one if you have been studying a different topic.

To download the resource click here

Early Years in Mind Resources

Early Years in Mind from Anna Freud have a number of resources you may find useful:

They have added new content to their Working with Families facing Challenges resource including advice on supporting adoptive parents and carers from diverse communities and parents and carers who may be struggling with their own mental health.

They have also launched a series of leaflets and videos to help early years practitioners support the personal, social and emotional development (PSED) of the children in their care.

Personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is one of three prime areas within the early years foundation stage (EYFS), but it connects the whole curriculum. Through positive relationships with adults, children learn what their emotions are, how to regulate them and how relationships with their peers work.

The EYFS reforms of 2021 were all about early years practitioners spending time with children in this way, rather than being tied up in paperwork. This is because it is the interested, playful and consistent adult that makes the biggest impact on a child’s development in all areas. With this in mind, they have created these free resources that will help you to support children in your early years setting.

New Childhood Vaccination Campaign

Just launched on the 1st February 2022, a new campaign from the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

The campaign aims to boost parents’ confidence that getting their children vaccinated is the right thing to do, by dialling up the risk of measles, mumps and rubella. The campaign’s call-to-action tells parents and carers whose children have missed one of their two MMR doses to contact their GPs and book their vaccine. As a secondary call-to-action, parents and carers who want more information about the vaccine programme are directed to the MMR vaccines page on the NHS website.

Partners in the NHS and local government are now welcome to support the campaign, using a suite of custom assets to help us communicate these important messages to our target audiences. Partners can also support the campaign through social media and other owned channels, and by generating local press and PR. To help partners activate the campaign, they have also produced a selection of social media images and suggested posts and a PR and communications toolkit.

Visit the Campaign Resource Centre to download the materials and find out more about how you can get involved.

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