Santa’s farmyard cottage will become a serene haven for children with autism and their families on 1 December.
Almond Valley have teamed up with Lothian Autistic Society to offer exclusive visits to Santa for children who may get distressed with loud music, flashing lights and long queues. Full article
Today’s children are the first to be “datafied” from birth and little thought has been given to the consequences, a report for her says. Full article
Available data suggests that playgrounds are comparatively safe places – yet, in many countries, concerns about potential liability for injury have led to bureaucratic risk reduction initiatives that might not do a good job of weighing the risks against the benefits of encouraging more adventurous outdoor play. Full information can be found here
Children’s sleep is barely affected by the amount of time spent staring at screens, claims a new study by scientists at the University of Oxford. Full article
“In outdoor settings you can see that children getting out to play everyday is vital for them developing healthy lifeskills that underpin friendship, curiosity, creativity and learning. Play Scotland is delighted to be working with the Outdoor Play-based Learning Coalition to build strong Play Champions committed to delivering children’s right to play in Scotland.”
Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO Play Scotland
All children and young people have the right to play and the right to play as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Playing outdoors enhances learning and is fundamental for children and young people’s health, well-being and development. Full details and to download the statement can be found here
Children should be taught that obesity is not inevitable, medics have said as they called for better food education for youngsters.
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh said that change is needed to tackle the damaging effects of poor diet and obesity.
The College said that obesity “is not inevitable” in a statement as it called for better education to tackle the issue early on. Full article
Mental illness can strike anyone at any time in their life. In fact, more than 350 million people across the world – of all ages and from all communities – suffer from depression. Full article
You can find the winners of the Sudocrem Play More Campaign here
Caroline Lucas is urging British people to reconnect with nature to address the “mental health epidemic” facing the country. Full article
Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid is to be translated into Scots according to reports. Itchy Coo, the Scots language imprint for children at Black & White Publishing, is to set about translating the bestselling series from Jeff Kinney’s. Full article