International early learning and child well-being study (IELS) in England: Introduction to the research

Department for Education, August 2018

International early learning and child well-being study (IELS) is a study of children’s cognitive and social-emotional development at age 5. The study is being carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2018 for the first time. The research report includes information about England’s participation in the study.

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Estimates of the number of children who live with opiate users, England 2014/15

Liverpool John Moores University Public Health Institute, August 2018

This report summarises the latest results from a project to estimate the number of children who live with opiate users, England 2014/15.

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National Child Measurement Programme: Operational guidance 2018

Public Health England, August 2018

This guidance document advises local commissioners and providers of the NCMP on how the programme should be implemented. This helps to maintain the high quality of the programme, supports a cost effective approach and helps local partners to ensure that it is embedded in local strategies and actions to reduce childhood obesity.

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Feeding in the First Year of Life

Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, July 2018

Report from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)  thatconsiders evidence on the impact of infant feeding on short and longer term health outcomes for infants and mothers. It also considers factors that influence eating behaviour and diversification of the diet and makes recommendations on feeding in the first year of life. SACN’s conclusions are largely consistent with existing advice on infant feeding, the introduction of solid foods and diversification of the infant diet.

  1. Breastfeeding makes an important contribution to infant and maternal health. SACN recommends retaining existing advice for women to exclusively breastfeed for around the first 6 months and to continue breastfeeding for at least the first year of life once solid foods have been introduced. SACN recommends that infants are not introduced to solid foods until around 6 months of age.
  2. Recommends that a wide variety of solids foods, including iron-containing foods should be introduced in an age appropriate form from around 6 months of age. The types of food, flavours and textures offered should become increasingly diverse throughout the complementary feeding period. SACN noted that new foods may need to be presented to infants on many occasions before they are accepted, particularly as infants get older.
  3. Recommends that advice on complementary feeding should state that foods containing peanut and hen’s egg can be introduced from around 6 months of age and need not be differentiated from other solid foods. The deliberate exclusion of peanut or hen’s egg beyond 6 to 12 months of age may increase the risk of allergy to the same foods.

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Protecting children during an outbreak: immunisation in schools

Public Health England, July 2018

This guidance covers:

  • the rationale behind offering vaccination in schools during an outbreak
  • the evidence of the effectiveness of programmes delivered in schools
    a range of consent advice

It is available to download only and is suitable for healthcare professionals, headteachers and all school staff.

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