Overview of the 6 early years and school aged years high impact areas: Health visitors and school nurses leading the Healthy Child Programme

Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, December 2018

The purpose of this report is to illustrate the contribution of health visitors to the Healthy Child Programme (0-5) and school nurses to the Healthy Child Programme (5-19) and to describe areas where health visitors and school nurses have a significant impact on health and wellbeing and improving outcomes for children, young people, families and communities.

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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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Obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools: A thematic review into what actions schools are taking to reduce childhood obesity

Ofsted, July 2018

Ofsted report that looks at the actions primary schools are taking to reduce childhood obesity. Emphasises that schools
should be reinforcing messages, imparting knowledge and developing skill are what schools do – and do well. In the shared effort to tackle obesity, schools should focus on improving those things they are best placed to do:

  • planning a challenging and well-sequenced curriculum, including learning about the body in PE and science about healthy eating and cooking
  • providing ample opportunity for children to take physical exercise during the school day – with lots of opportunities to ‘get out of breath’
  • teaching particular skills like how to cook or how to dance
  • updating parents on their children’s physical development such as agility, balance and coordination.

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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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