Health Education Partnership
We can provide support to individual schools, early years providers and settings working with children and young people to improve provision for health and well-being.
Please note: Places for HEP offers need to be paid for. Commissioned events are free to staff working in those boroughs.
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We can provide borough wide strategic support for promoting healthy environments and healthy lifestyles and/or enhance your current provision to early years and educational settings.
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Food: A Fact of Life have added six new activity packs to the website. Each pack is based on a food theme and combines learning about healthy eating, cooking or where food comes from, with early years curriculum areas such as numeracy, literacy and physical development.
The activity packs can be downloaded from the website .
Please share this information with your families:
If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk. If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in some UK shops. Money will be added to this card every 4 weeks.
You will also be entitled to FREE healthy start vitamins for yourself and children.
Who can apply?
In addition, you must be receiving any of the following:
You will also be eligible for Healthy Start if you’re under 18 and pregnant, even if you are not claiming any benefits.
How to Apply
You can apply online: Please visit here .
The Education Endowment Foundation has launched a suite of evidence based resources dedicated to early years. The evidence gives information about how effective different approaches are likely to be on children’s learning and development. It can help you make decisions about how to make the most of the adults in your setting to create great learning opportunities for all your children, particularly those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The evidence includes strong support for physical development approaches, parental engagement, self regulation strategies and social and emotional learning strategies.
To view these resources click here .
Racism can present itself in different ways in a young child’s life. A child may have direct or indirect experiences of racism, but the impact can be felt all the same. Our new early years resource has been written by Dr Pamela Hamilton and Dr Bisi Showunmi, two Child Psychologists. Both have delivered anti-racism sessions for schools and local authorities, with the second author writing her thesis on race and identity development in school children.
This booklet introduces the idea of racial socialisation and how it supports child development. It identifies some ways to facilitate your journey in supporting racial socialisation in an early years setting.
View and download the resource here .
This webinar was held in February and was recorded and will be available to watch back on the Anna Freud Centre YouTube channel in a few weeks. You can subscribe for new content notifications.
Useful links from the session
KMEWO sends Her deepest, sincerest heartfelt sympathies to all families, relatives, friends and acquaintances victims of the Turkish, Syrian Earthquake. The affected Middle Eastern communities include Turkish, Kurdish, Arabs, and many Afghans refugee families in the area.
The death toll has risen to more than 30.000 (source: Guardian Newspaper) and tragically continues to rise, as the window for rescue narrows. Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes. The devastation will impact them for many years to come.
The conflict areas of Syria are occupied by thousands people living in the open air, under the threat from the harsh and horrific conditions, and the death toll is likely to rise significantly (source World Health Organisation (WHO)). We call upon the UK government to make all efforts so that humanitarian aid can get through to all affected regions, including these conflict zones, where the affected communities are less likely to receive aid and support due to years of political and armed conflicts.
In the UK , KMEWO stays concerned about the wellbeing of diaspora communities whose families and loved ones are in the middle of this crisis. We would like to extend our hand of support to all Syrian, Kurdish, Turkish, Afghan and other organisations leading on the effort to help the communities dealing with the severe impact on their wellbeing and mental health. KMEWO offers counselling in several Middle Eastern languages, including Kurdish, Farsi, Arabic and English, and our doors will be open for anyone affected by this crisis. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and 020 7263 1027 if we can help in any possible way.
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:
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.
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).
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:
The following support is available:
For further information, please contact
Fiona – email@example.com
Rachael – Rachael.firstname.lastname@example.org
The GP Infant Feeding Network has a wide range of resources to support parents who are breast feeding.
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