15/11/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 15/11/21

Article: Millions of children wear odd socks for Anti-Bullying Week – Nursery World

15 November 2021, Katy Morton. Today marks the first day of Anti-Bullying Week (15-19 November) with Odd Sock Day – designed to encourage children to express themselves and celebrate their individuality:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/millions-of-children-wear-odd-socks-for-anti-bullying-week

Article: Babies, toddlers and their families are neglected in COVID recovery plan – Willis Palmer

November 2021. Best Beginnings, Home-Start UK and the Parent-Infant Foundation have been working together since spring 2020 to highlight the impact of the pandemic on pregnant women, new babies and their families. The charities say the government’s recent focus on, and investment in, the first 1001 days through their Best Start for Life vision and funding is very welcome:

Link: https://www.willispalmer.com/babies-toddlers-and-their-families-are-neglected-in-covid-recovery-plan/

Article: Children and young people’s mental health workforce rises by 40% – Willis Palmer

November 2021. The workforce report for Health Education England revealed that there are 24,848 staff in total employed in CYPMH services across England, delivering a total of 20,626 whole time equivalent (WTE) staff across all sectors:

Link: https://www.willispalmer.com/children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-workforce-rises-by-40/

Article: Parents facing burnout following pandemic – Willis Palmer

November 2021. Action for Children research of more than 2,000 parents shows that 82% of parents are showing one warning sign at least of parental burnout. More than 50% of women have struggled with anxiety, compared with 37% of men with the long-term impact of the pandemic on their child’s education being their main concern:

Link: https://www.willispalmer.com/parents-facing-burnout-following-pandemic/

News: The court orders depriving vulnerable children of their ‘liberty’ – BBC News Online

12 November 2021, Sanchia Berg.  Growing numbers of very vulnerable children in England are being detained in temporary accommodation under special court orders described as “draconian” by one senior judge:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59147367

Article: Children less active during the pandemic – survey – Nursery World

11 November 2021, Katy Morton.  More than 80 per cent of children failed to meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day when the UK was under lockdown due to coronavirus, according to new research:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/children-less-active-during-the-pandemic-survey

Article: New research to explore the quality of food served at nurseries – Nursery World

11 November 2021, Katy Morton.  The challenge early years settings face in providing healthy food to children in their care, is the focus of new research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/new-research-to-explore-the-quality-of-food-served-at-nurseries

Article: Parents still struggling to access ‘essential’ services – Nursery World

10 November 2021, Katy Morton.  According to new research from a group of charities, many routine health visitor checks continue to be over the phone, drop-in clinics are no longer operating in some areas and baby and toddler groups have either stopped running or are hard to access:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/parents-still-struggling-to-access-essential-services

Commons Debate: School-based Counselling Services – Parallel Parliament

9 November 2021.  Text of Commons Debate on School-based Counselling Services:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-11-09/debates/8930AFD7-DA3B-41A0-881C-3EA7A73CD72C/School-BasedCounsellingServices

Commons Debate: Giving Every Baby the Best Start in Life – Parallel Parliament

9 November 2021.  Text of Commons Debate: Giving Every Baby the Best Start in Life:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-11-09/debates/95B2BF04-4AA9-4B01-86DD-BB7276ABA58B/GivingEveryBabyTheBestStartInLife

News: Toddlers may be getting hooked on sugar in snacks – BBC News Online

10 November 2021, Michelle Roberts.  Some snacks sold as weaning or infant foods contain alarming amounts of sugar which could encourage a sweet tooth from an early age, according to health campaigners

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-59218313

Column: Richard Holden: What should be done now to help level up education for the most disadvantaged pupils – Conservative Home

9 November 2021.  Looking at the constituency diary during the run up to Parliament Week, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday is always poignant. It involves school visits, talking about our democracy, and getting young people interested in the decision-making process in their country:

Link: https://www.conservativehome.com/thecolumnists/2021/11/richard-holden-what-should-be-done-now-to-help-level-up-education-for-the-most-disadvantaged-pupils.html

Research briefing: Reaction to the Draft Online Safety Bill: A reading list – House of Commons Library

11 November 2021.  This reading list collates a selection of media coverage, stakeholder responses and other material relevant to the draft Online Safety Bill:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9243/

Report: Fixing A Failing System Rethinking Mental Health Support in Schools for the Post-Covid Generation – Public First

November 2021.  No-one who works in education can be in any doubt about the impact of the Covid pandemic on schools over the last two years. The (heroic) effort to keep the lights on and maintain some kind of learning, the digitalisation of the classroom, the redesigning of assessment and the efforts to continue the delivery of the curriculum, through all the Covid privations, has been, for educators everywhere, surely one of the deepest of challenges:

Link: https://www.publicfirst.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/MHC-Report.pdf

Article: Demand grows for children’s mental health support as council provision falls – Local Government Chronicle

5 November 2021, Megan Kenyon.  Demand for mental health support from vulnerable children has drastically increased during the pandemic, research by the House of Lords Public Services Committee has found:

Link: https://www.lgcplus.com/services/health-and-care/demand-grows-for-childrens-mental-health-support-as-council-provision-falls-05-11-2021/

Research briefing: School meals and nutritional standards (England) – House of Commons Library

4 November 2021.  The main recent policy developments regarding school meals in England, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn04195/

Article: Councils urged to set up family hubs – Nursery World

4 November 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  Local authorities will be able to apply for funding to set up family hubs in their area, through a £12m fund launched by the children and families minister, Will Quince:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/councils-urged-to-set-up-family-hubs

Report: Strengthening Home Education – House of Commons Education Committee

3 November 2021.  House of Commons Education Committee: Strengthening Home Education: Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report:

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/7745/documents/80730/default/

Report: Members’ Report 2021 – Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition

November 2021.  The report reflects on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on children and young people, and on our members. Members, young people, parents and carers were concerned about the rising mental health need among children and young people following the pandemic. The pandemic has also placed additional pressures on mental health support services, with many of the Coalition’s members from the voluntary and community sector reporting a surge in demand for their services:

Link: https://cypmhc.org.uk/publications/cypmhc-members-report-2021/

News: Why free nursery childcare can come with costly extras – BBC News Online

4 November 2021, Annette Kellow.  Roxie Broun from East Sussex was looking forward to her three-year-old son receiving his 30 hours of government-funded childcare at nursery. Yet, although the Department for Education’s (DfE) early years policy offers 15 or 30 hours of childcare for children aged three to four in England (there are differences in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) her nursery asked her to pay for a variety of extras:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58242686

Article: Consultation launched on content and standards for updated Early Childhood Studies degree – Nursery World

3 November 2021, Katy Morton.  The sector is invited to respond to a consultation on a revision to the nature of Early Childhood Study degrees and the academic standards expected of graduates:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/consultation-launched-on-content-and-standards-for-updated-early-childhood-studies-degree

News: Ofsted launches consultation for children’s homes and residential holiday schemes – Ofsted

2 November 2021.  The consultation contains proposals on new inspection arrangements for children’s homes and residential holiday schemes:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofsted-launches-consultation-for-childrens-homes-and-residential-holiday-schemes

Official Statistics: Breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks after birth: annual data 2020 to 2021 – Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

2 November 2021.  Annual datasets and commentary on the number and proportion of infants who have been fully, partially or not at all breastfed at 6 to 8 weeks after birth:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/breastfeeding-at-6-to-8-weeks-after-birth-annual-data-2020-to-2021

Official Statistics: Child education: 2021 update – Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

2 November 2021. Annual update covering educational outcomes:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-education-2021-update

News: Bill to prevent school shutdowns passes first test – BBC News Online

3 November 2021, Hannah Richardson. A bid to protect millions of pupils in England from “the disaster” of future school and college shutdowns has been given an unopposed first reading in the Commons:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-59139389

Article: Would a longer school day help children catch up after the pandemic? Here’s what the evidence says – The Conversation

2 November 2021.  International evidence seems to suggest that, in some instances, a longer school day may be beneficial:

Link: https://theconversation.com/would-a-longer-school-day-help-children-catch-up-after-the-pandemic-heres-what-the-evidence-says-169433

Report. Family Hubs Evaluation Innovation Fund – Department for Education (Government Social Research)

November 2021. In March 2021, Ecorys was commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to lead a consortium carrying out a programme of research for the Family Hubs Evaluation Innovation Fund (20-21/013). This report presents the findings of work carried out between April and September 2021 as part of an initial scoping and feasibility phase:

Link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1030301/Family_Hubs_Evaluation_Innovation_Fund_scoping_report.pdf

News: Thousands of adverse birth outcomes in England down to ‘alarming’ inequality – Guardian Online

1 November 2021, Andrew Gregory.  Study reveals scale of impact that poverty, racism and discrimination has on women and babies:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/nov/01/thousands-of-adverse-birth-outcomes-in-england-down-to-alarming-inequality

News: School days could be extended with minister Nadhim Zahawi saying he will ‘look at’ making all ‘move towards’ six-and-a-half hours of lessons – Mail Online

1 November, David Averre. Nadhim Zahawi today urged schools to move to the average 6.5 hour-long day.  He said he will examine cases where longer school days have boosted learning:

Link: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10153855/Plans-extend-school-day-considered-Education-Secretary.html