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Infantile Spasms – little seizures, big consequences

Infantile spasms is a rare form of epilepsy that affects children usually starting in the first year of their life. The spasms can resemble normal baby movements like the startle reflex or discomfort associated with reflux and colic, but despite the subtle appearance the child has an underlying constant chaotic brain pattern that causes loss of skills and permanent damage.

08/01/2019

Posted by Jenny Rawling, trustee of UK Infantile Spasms Trust | with 1 comments

Children’s Emotions Matter: Nurture emotional intelligence from birth

Skylark English talk about children's emotions and how early emotional awareness lays the foundation for a healthy, happy little one: emotionally, socially and mentally. 

11/05/2017

Posted by Samantha Njenje - Skylark English | with 0 comments

The CMO guidelines and what they mean for early years practitioners

The revised EYFS framework includes the mention of the Chief Medical Officers’ Guidelines for physical activity; this blog explores what are these guidelines are, why they are they important, and what they mean for early years practitioners.

08/03/2017

Posted by Natalie Matthewman – Early Years Project Officer at the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health | with 0 comments

Why sleep is so very important

Sleep deprivation can have a number of profound effects on a child’s mental, physical and emotional health. It can also significantly impact on youngster’s behaviour during the day. A child who is sleep deprived is unlikely to be able to meet their full potential yet sleep problems are often not considered during assessment.  

19/09/2016

Posted by Vicki Dawson - The Children's Sleep Charity | with 3 comments

Building Brains – Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

This week (6 to 10 June 2016) has seen the launch of the first Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (IMHAW) by Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK and 1001 Critical Days in conjunction with partner agencies.

10/06/2016

Posted by Dr Virginia Lumsden | with 0 comments

Getting kids on the go: Being active for health

Being active is good for all of us and this is especially true for children under 5. It has been proven to support brain development, enhance bone health and muscular development as well as benefit social and cognitive skill development and emotional wellbeing. The current government guidelines recommend that children under 5 who can walk should be active for at least three hours per day and minimise the time they spend sitting to achieve these benefits. 

01/06/2016

Posted by Kate Ellis - British Heart Foundation National Centre | with 0 comments