I often see the quote “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” used as a caption on various social media outlets, usually underneath a photo of an adorable little human, and posted by a proud mama who wants nothing less than the world for her child. Full blog here
Thousands of UK children, mainly in deprived city areas, are already classed as severely obese when they leave primary school.
A report by the Local Government Association (LGA) warns that severe child obesity rates are leading to a multi-million pound ‘ill health time bomb’. Full blog here
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set a new target to cut child obesity in Scotland by half by 2030.
At present, 29% of children in Scotland are at risk of being overweight, and 14% are at risk of being obese. Full article
Residential streets could be closed to traffic to encourage children to play outdoors following a successful pilot.
The Edinburgh Playing Out project began last year when the council approved temporary closures to 30 streets. Full article
Are you hovering?
Be honest: how many times in the average playground visit do you find yourself tensing up with anxiety over the possibility of your kid getting hurt? How many times do you say something along the lines of, “be careful,” “that’s dangerous,” or “don’t do that”? If you’re like the vast majority of loving, attentive, well-intentioned parents, that number is likely pretty darn high. Full blog
If we could understand how the infant mind develops, it might help every child reach their full potential. But seeing them as learning machines is not the answer. Full blog
How does a sunset work? We love to look at them, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her 8th graders to really think about them, to wonder and question. Full blog
A ‘playful’ approach to learning can hugely benefit children, but the system must give teachers the freedom to create the right environment. Making the case is Nicola Whitton, Professor of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, and a passionate advocate of the ‘role’ of play in education. Full blog
The educational psychologist tells Helen Amass that while play is important for children’s development, we have little to gain from trying to incorporate it into lessons and teachers should focus on motivation and social skills instead Play is for the playground, not the classroom. This is what educational psychologist Anthony Pellegrini wants you to remember the next time you are planning a lesson based around interactive games or modelling clay. Full blog