14/05/20 – Useful Links

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News: Nearly 1 in 5 US kids are obese, according to latest data – Yahoo News

8 May 2020, Mike Stobbe.  Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. kids are obese, according to the latest national data.  The news is disappointing, given that programs across the country have for years been trying to reduce childhood obesity, one expert said. “We really were expecting and hoping to see the trends decrease,” said Dr. Tannaz Moin, a UCLA obesity researcher:

Nearly 1 in 5 US kids are obese, according to latest data

News:  Prioritise play when schools reopen, say mental health experts – Guardian Online

7 May 2020, Sally Weale.  Mental health experts have warned the government of the emotional damage children are suffering during the lockdown and called for them to be given ‘access to high-quality play opportunities as soon as possible’: 


News: PACEY survey reveals thousands of childminders to miss out on Government support – Pacey

1 May 2020.  Thousands of registered childminders are unlikely to receive the Government support they need to sustain their businesses, according to our new survey. Of particular concern are newly registered childminders who have invested in starting up their businesses in the last three years, who are set to receive no support:


News:  Coronavirus: ‘Humiliation’ as school meal vouchers fail at till – BBC News Online

7 May 2020, Judith Burns.  “It was embarrassing, everyone was looking at us,” Susan Bleau says of the moment she tried to spend free school meal vouchers worth £45:


News:  Quarter of nurseries worried they will close within a year, survey seen by ITV News shows – ITV News Online

4 May 2020, Hannah Kings.  One in four nurseries and childminders think it is unlikely they’ll be operating in 12 months’ time, and almost half (47%) say they might need to make staff redundant – according to research shared with ITV News:

Quarter of nurseries worried they will close within a year, survey seen by ITV News shows

Blog:  Childcare – Department for Education

5 May 2020.  The Early Years Alliance published a survey about the impact of coronavirus on childcare providers, claiming that a quarter fear permanent closure within the year:


News:  Coronavirus: ‘The nursery I run may not survive’ – BBC News Online

5 May 2020, Daniel Thomas.  “We might be able to last another two months, but without more help we won’t last longer,” says Zoe Rae, who owns Goldsmiths Community Nursery in south-east London:


8. News:   Warnings of rise in online abuse as children spend more time on the web during lockdown – ITV News Online

4 May 2020, Cary Johnstone.  Detectives at Thames Valley Police say they’ve seen a 147% increase of reports of abuse in March compared to the same period last year.  Police chiefs say “this kind of offending will never be tolerated” and perpetrators will “face severe consequences”:

Warnings of rise in online abuse as children spend more time on the web during lockdown

9. News: Leisure industry mourns the death of Steve Franks, CEO of Water Babies – Health Club Management

1 May 2020, Tom Walker.  The physical activity sector has been left in shock by news that Steve Franks, the long-serving chief executive of Water Babies, has died following a short illness:


10. News:  Exclusive: almost a fifth of UK homes with children go hungry in lockdown – Guardian Online

3 May 2020, Nosheen Iqbal.  New data shows families go without as parents lose income, meal voucher scheme is beset with problems and food banks can’t cope:


11. News:  Coronavirus: Families still waiting for free school meal vouchers – BBC News Online

30 April 2020, Michael Buchanan & Judith Burns.  The Department for Education says it does not know how many vouchers for free school meals have been delivered to parents over the past month.  A scheme to give poor pupils in England vouchers worth £15 a week until schools reopen has been beset with problems:


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