A new induction pack has been launched for people working in early learning and childcare (ELC).
The pack – aimed primarily at new staff – will help them understand how to get funding for further qualifications, the legal requirements for working in childcare and where to get information and support throughout their career. Full article
Full details on this year’s Playday theme can be found here
New website from Scottish Government, link here
Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives,” says WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains.” Full article
Babies and toddlers should not be left to passively watch TV or other screens, according to new World Health Organization guidelines.
Sedentary screen time, including computer games, should not happen before a child is two, the WHO says. Full article
Children are most exposed to dangerous fumes on school run and in playground, according to Unicef UK report. Full article
Turns out, families are spending more time together than before. But not together-together. Alone-together. Full article
Children have a natural love of climbing trees, kicking leaves in the woods and jumping in puddles.
But the proliferation of smart devices such as mobile phones and Ipads, as well as parental worries over safety, have drastically reduced the time children spend playing in parks, forests and fields. Full article
A report by the Association of Play Industries (API) reveals that children have never moved so little and points to substantial evidence that screens are a key reason. In fact, by the age of eight, the average child will have spent one full year sitting in front of a screen. Full article
Are we neglecting childhood? The Fourth Industrial Revolution is about more than changes in business, technological developments and the push to solve global challenges from poverty to climate change. It’s about the way the next generation grows up. Full article