13/08/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 13/08/20

Report:  Babies in Lockdown – Babies in Lockdown

5 August 2020, Best Beginnings, Home Start and Parent-Infant Foundation.   This report sets about to change this by exploring pandemic and lockdown reflections from a diverse group of expectant and new parents during the critical first months and years of their babies’ development:


Report:  Life on Hold – Children’s Society

July 2020.  The Coronavirus pandemic, together with the associated social distancing and lockdown measures, have had a substantial impact on health and public freedom. This report looks in depth at the impact of Coronavirus and the associated lockdown on young lives:


Article: Schools and nurseries should be last to close in future coronavirus lockdowns, government told – Politics Home

5 August 2020, Kate Forrest.  Schools and nurseries should be the last to close in any future coronavirus lockdowns, the Children’s Commissioner has said.  In a new briefing, Anne Longfield said classrooms should have their doors shut only once all other options have been exhausted:


News:  One in eight childcare workers in England earn less than £5 an hour – Guardian Online

5 August 2020, Sally Weale.  Report finds workload and lack of career development having an adverse effect on the sector:


Article: Ministers urged to prioritise mental health as survey reveals 1.1m teens felt unhappy during lockdown – Politics Home

30 July 2020, Eleanor Langford.  Labour has backed calls for “immediate mental health support” for young people after a survey revealed 1.1 million teens reported feeling unhappy with their lives during lockdown:


Open consultation:  Front-of-pack nutrition labelling in the UK: building on success – Department of Health and Social Care

30 July 2020.  Views sought on making sure the ‘traffic light’ front-of-pack nutrition labels (FOPNL) scheme continues to help people choose what food and drink to buy:


News:  PM’s child poverty claims ‘inaccurate,’ says statistics watchdog – BBC News Online

30 July 2020.  Boris Johnson has made a number of inaccurate claims about child poverty levels since coming to power, the UK’s statistics watchdog has said:


News:  Huge growth in free school meals urged to tackle food poverty crisis – Guardian Online

29 July 2020, Patrick Butler.  Up to 1.5 million more children in England should get free school meals to help tackle a growing crisis of food poverty and unhealthy eating, according to a blueprint billed as the first national food strategy since war rationing:


News:  Why lessons in healthy eating will never work – TES Online

28 July 2020, Dr Tara Porter.  Schools must remember that tackling obesity is not about imparting knowledge but changing behaviour: 

Why lessons in healthy eating will never work

Article: Boost free school meals to avert ‘slow-motion disaster’ of hunger and malnutrition, ministers urged – Politics Home

29 July 2020, Matt Honeycombe-Foster.  The Government should dramatically increase the number of children eligible for free school meals to address the “slow-motion disaster of the British diet”, according to a major review:


News:  Unhealthy diets are ‘slow-motion disaster’ – BBC News Online

29 July 2020, Sean Coughlan.  Free school meals should be extended to another 1.5 million children in England, says a government-commissioned review into food and healthy eating.  The National Food Strategy warns that England’s eating habits are a “slow-motion disaster”:


Guidance:  Nursery and early years sector: COVID-19 restrictions and consumer law – Competition and Markets Authority

28 July 2020.  Advice to help nurseries and early years providers understand how consumer law applies to arrangements they make with parents during the coronavirus pandemic:

Nursery and early years sector: COVID-19 restrictions and consumer law

Article: Intervention at early years is essential for tackling child obesity – Nursery Management Today

July 2020.  The Government has launched its anti-obesity strategy which brings an end to displaying sweets at the checkouts and bans adverts that promote unhealthy food after 9pm. A new “Better Health” campaign, run by Public Health England, will call on everyone to “embrace a healthier lifestyle”:

Intervention at early years is essential for tackling child obesity

Article: Boris Johnson’s u-turn on obesity is welcome, but real action must follow – Politics Home

27 July 2020, Alex Norris MP.  After years of inaction, the Government has revealed a plan to tackle the obesity crisis. But we’ll judge ministers on their actions, not their words.  Across England, almost one in four 4-5 year olds begin primary school either overweight or obese. By the time these children leave, aged 11, this will have risen to over one in three:


News: Obesity: Have 20 years of policies had any effect? – BBC News Online

28 July 2020.  The prime minister has launched a new policy on obesity in England.  This will not be the first attempt to tackle the problem – at least a dozen policies or white papers have been announced on the topic since 1997:


Policy paper:  Cycling and walking plan for England – Department for Transport

27 July 2020.  Sets out a vision for a travel revolution in England’s streets, towns and communities:

Cycling and walking plan for England

Policy paper:  Tackling obesity: government strategy – Department of Health and Social Care

27 July 2020.  Sets out the actions the government will take to tackle obesity and help adults and children to live healthier lives:

Tackling obesity: government strategy

Press release: New obesity strategy unveiled as country urged to lose weight to beat coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the NHS – Department of Health and Social Care

27 July 2020.  New package of measures and ‘Better Health’ campaign announced to help people lose weight:

New Obesity Strategy unveiled as country urged to lose weight to beat coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the NHS

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