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A is for Active! Getting Children More Mobile

Getting Children More Mobile

It is frightening to read that The World Health Organisation ranks childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges of the 21st century! According to the Children’s Food Trust in February 2018, “on average across the UK, almost one-quarter of children are overweight or obese by the time they start school. Obese children are at greater risk of conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and of heart disease and stroke as they get older. Obesity in childhood can contribute to behavioural and emotional difficulties like depression and reduce educational attainment. Obese children are more likely to need medical care and days off school as a result of illness.”

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5 Reasons to Promote Risk Taking in your Play Space

Promoting Risk Taking in the Playground

Children need to take risks in order to learn how to deal with the challenges and risks that form part of their everyday lives. If we overprotect our children, then how will they learn to manage the risks that surround them, both independently and safely? Children need to be able to self-assess risk to succeed in their young and adult lives. They need to learn to overcome fears of failure, to rebound confidently and learn from their mistakes. They need to know how to respond appropriately in a world full of risks as well as to be able to compete competitively in a world of risk-takers. What place could be better or more fun to help children to develop this skill, than in a park, a nursery or in a school playground?

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Why it’s Important to Keep Children Active

Keep Children Active

The western world has a growing obesity problem and worryingly the rising numbers of children and young adults are becoming overweight or obese. Parents and educators need to join the movement for change and should model and teach children that activity levels are directly linked to weight gain, as well as the diet they consume. Physical activity can both reduce or even prevent future health problems as well as help to control a person’s weight. Children need active play to develop and grow properly and it even strengthens their brain and the connections between bones, muscles and brain.

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Outdoor Activities for Effective Development with Dyspraxia

What is Dyspraxia Blog Post

What is Dyspraxia?

Dyspraxia, which is also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), currently effects 5-6% of children for which the majority then go onto experience related difficulties in their adult lives. Intellectual ability isn’t affected by DCD, but as children with dyspraxia often struggle with their coordination sadly this can, in turn, affect their educational achievement and go onto to affect their daily life skills and even their future job opportunities.

According to the Dyspraxia Association 2015, whilst dyspraxia/DCD is primarily a motor disorder, in many cases individuals may experience difficulties with memory, perception and processing along with poor planning, organisation and sequencing skills which can have a significant negative impact on everyday activities.

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9 Stimulating Outdoor Activities to Help Children with Dyslexia

9 Stimulating Outdoor Activities to Help Children with Dyslexia

With 1 in 10 of the UK population being dyslexic, according to the British Dyslexia Association, it is important to consider which strategies will enable all children to be able to learn effectively and to feel successful and go on to reach their full potential in life. Most dyslexic people are either of average or above average ability, so it is important to allow them to access learning in a way that gives them time and strategies to understand, process, practise and then be able to recall and communicate both new information and their own creative ideas.

There are so many famous, successful people that are dyslexic, who have had a real struggle at school and have often felt restricted by their condition. But by finding their own strengths and discovering their own ways to learn and communicate information, they have learned to live with dyslexia and become experts in their fields. Albert Einstein, Agatha Christie, Tom Cruise, Keira Knightley, Bill Gates, Channing Tatum, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg and Richard Branson are to name but a few!

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