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Link found between children's health and a lack of school nurses

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Aug-15)

A report has warned of an escalating health crisis among young children due to insufficient investment in school nursing, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). While health problems facing children continue to accelerate,.....

All babies to be offered Meningitis jab

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (28-Aug-15)

Public Health England (PHE) has approved the start of a new vaccination programme, which offers young children protection against Meningococcal group B (MenB) disease. From 1 September 2015, the MenB vaccination will be added to.....

Smoking ban linked to drop in stillbirths

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (27-Aug-15)

Stillbirths have dropped by almost eight per cent in England since the smoking ban was introduced o 1 July 2007, according to research compiled by scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The.....

National crisis of children's oral health addressed by pilot study

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (26-Aug-15)

Researchers at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry have received a £150,000 grant from the Medical Research Council to support a pilot study on children’s oral health, focusing on communities of social deprivation. The.....

Healthy diets could cut the risk of heart defects in babies

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Aug-15)

Women who eat healthily before and during pregnancy could cut the risk of their baby developing a heart problem, researchers have found. The study, published in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition,.....

Charity reveals a quarter of parents feel lonely and isolated

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (25-Aug-15)

A quarter of British parents feel lonely and isolated from friends and other sources of support, according to new findings published by the charity Action for Children. The research, of more than 2,000 parents, has revealed a surprising.....

Too many over-qualified graduates enter non-graduate jobs

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Aug-15)

Busy Bees Training has responded to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD), which highlights the need for more informed decisions to be made in regards to apprenticeships and vocational qualifications. The.....

Most parents feel anxious about their children starting school

Melissa McAlees, News Editor (24-Aug-15)

With over 600,000 four-year-olds starting school for the first time next week, new research from the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) has revealed that most parents feel anxious about their child starting.....

Cot deaths increase for the first time in five years

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (20-Aug-15)

The number of cot deaths is reported to have risen for the first time in five years, according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics. There were 249 unexplained infant deaths in England and Wales.....

Scientists discover 'super' head lice, resistant to common treatments

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-Aug-15)

As the summer holidays come to a close, parents are being warned that nits are increasingly resistant to many of the most popular treatments. Scientists of Southern Illinois University studied samples of lice and discovered many.....

Tesco trial innovative new trolley seat for disabled children

Ellie Spanswick, News Editor (19-Aug-15)

Working with disabled product designers, Firefly by Leckey and trolley manufacturer Wanzl, Tesco have begun trials of specialist trolley seats for children with disabilities. Stores in Faversham, Kettering and Bury St Edmunds have.....

Five tips to help get your child ready for school

Sue Learner, News Editor (18-Aug-15)

In a few weeks time, four-years-old all over the country will be setting off on their first day to school. It is a time of both excitement and anxiety for both the child and the parent. Parents can help.....

Asking lots of 'why' questions is key stage in children's language development

Sue Learner, Editor (18-Aug-15)

The patience of parents can be sorely tested when their children bombard them with countless ‘why’ questions. However parents will be reassured to know that this incessant questioning is a sign that children.....

Children in England given less freedom to play unsupervised than children in other countries

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Aug-15)

Parents in England place more restrictions on their children than parents in other European countries, giving them less freedom to play unsupervised and travel around independently, according to a new study. The.....

Amelia and Oliver top list of baby names in England and Wales

Sue Learner, Editor (17-Aug-15)

The names Amelia and Oliver were the most popular baby names in England and Wales in 2014. A total of 6,649 baby boys were named Oliver and 5,327 girls were called Amelia, according to the Office of National.....

Premature babies need specialist help in early years to prevent low IQ in adulthood

Richard Howard, News Editor (12-Aug-15)

Future adult IQ can be predicted if a baby is born very premature or of a very low birth weight, according to research undertaken at the University of Warwick. Led by psychology researcher Professor Dieter Wolke, academics have.....

Free Ladybird stories to improve language skills in young children

Nina Hathway, News Editor (11-Aug-15)

A coalition of leading charities, teachers and businesses, Read On Get On, has launched a nationwide giveaway of ‘story starters’ in partnership with Ladybird Books to help families chat with their young children to develop language.....

Two out of five London children have an inadequate early years education

Richard Howard, News Editor (11-Aug-15)

An assessment of ‘school readiness’ in London children, carried out by Public Health England, has judged only two in every five pupils as showing a ‘good level of development’ at the age of five. Looking to highlight the level.....

Iodine supplements for pregnant women in the UK could save NHS money and boost children’s IQs

Nina Hathway, News Editor (10-Aug-15)

Giving all pregnant women iodine supplements in the UK could result in huge cost savings for society and enhance the IQs of children, according to a study published in the Lancet. The mineral iodine is important for healthy brain.....

Partnership to offer child protection courses in Wales

Nina Hathway, News Editor (10-Aug-15)

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Cymru has launched two half-day training courses in child protection for childcare workers in conjunction with South Wales-based RT Training Services. Sandra Welsby,.....