MASTERCLASS: Child health and well-being: lessons past, present and future

Saturday, February 6, 2021 09:30 - 12:30

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted children’s need to move, explore and express themselves but also the child health inequalities that can come with poverty and cramped inner-city living. This masterclass will reflect on the current crisis in child health and the need for early years settings to prioritise children’s health and physical development through health promotion and physical play.

9.30-9.45 Coffee and networking break

9.45-10.15 How healthy are our children? An expert opinion
Gain an insight into the state of young children’s health in the UK, in particular:
• the main causes of poor health in young children
• what the coronavirus pandemic reveals about poverty and ill-health and what it might mean for the future of young children
• the vital contribution that early years practitioners can make to addressing the problems.
Dr Ronny Cheung, Joint Head of Service for General Paediatrics at the Evelina London Children's Hospital, and Editor and Author of reports into inequalities in children’s health

10.15-10.45 Health promotion: making a difference
There is much that early years practitioners can do to promote healthy living to children and their families but bringing about real change can be a challenge. This session looks at:
• practitioners’ responsibilities under the EYFS to keep children fit and healthy
• health promotion goals, from eating less sugar to drinking more water
• interesting ways to engage children and families, and
• strategies for success in getting your message across.
Dr Jackie Musgrave, Programme Leader, early childhood, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, Open University

10.45-11.00 Case study: Brambles Day Nursery, Birmingham
By focusing on the ‘Rs’ of early childhood health promotion, the team at Brambles Day Nursery have developed an approach that is relevant and realistic, embedded in routines, requires few if any resources and is built on strong relationships and role modelling. Hear about their initiatives and the benefits to children, parents and practitioners.
Karen Nash, Childcare Manager, and Nicola Farmer, Deputy Childcare Manager, Brambles Day Nursery, Kingshurst, Birmingham

11.00-11.15 Coffee and networking break

11.15-11.45 Physical play: its critical contribution
Toddlers and pre-schoolers should be physically activity for 180 minutes a day, according to Government guidelines. Discover how best to meet this target for the children in your setting by exploring:
• why early movement experiences provide the critical foundations for health, well-being and learning
• the range of physical activities that children should engage in, and
• the need to plan for progression in developing children’s gross and fine motor skills
Dr Jackie Musgrave, Programme Leader, early childhood, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, Open University

11.45-12.20 Outdoors: on the move
Explore environments that best support children’s physicality and physical development, with examples of how settings have embedded movement play across their provision, with:
• examples of innovative outdoor practice in Japan and how it supports physical health and well-being
• new approaches to embodied learning outdoors in the UK, and
• core aspects of provision, particularly for settings with limited outdoor space
Julie Mountain, Outdoor Learning and Play Consultant

12.20-12.30 Questions from the floor

Early bird rate: £125 (+VAT) until Friday 4th December 2021 / Full rate: £150 (+VAT)

Karen Nash, Childcare Manager, Brambles Day Nursery, Kingshurst, Birmingham

Dr Jackie Musgrave, Programme Leader for Early Childhood, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, Open University

Nicola Farmer, Deputy Childcare Manager, Brambles Day Nursery, Kingshurst, Birmingham

Dr Ronny Cheung, Joint Head of Service for General Paediatrics, Evelina London Children's Hospital,, Editor and Author of reports into inequalities in children’s health

Julie Mountain, Outdoor Learning and Play Consultant