child health

picture of happy active kids outside

Parents urged to help their kids get active over the summer holidays with the 10 Minute Shake Up

Disney-inspired campaign relaunches to help kids get one hour of physical activity every day over the summer holidays.
  • Only 45% of children are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of one hour of physical activity a day
  • The campaign seeks to inspire kids to get active by using some of their favourite stories and characters from Disney, Pixar and Marvel
  • ...
picture of a child talking to a therapist

Increased mental health support for children and young people

£10 million to extend senior mental health lead training to reach more schools and colleges

Thousands of young people will benefit from additional mental health support in their schools, colleges and universities, the government has announced.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the Department for Education is today (12 May 2022) announcing a further £7 million for schools and...

picture of a child with a rash

Recognise the symptoms of scarlet fever and chickenpox

Parents and carers are being reminded of the symptoms of scarlet fever and chickenpox, following a rise in cases across the country. Levels for both are what we expect to see at this time of year, but there has been an increase compared to 2021, when COVID-19 restrictions kept cases below average.

Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, but highly infectious. Symptoms include a sore throat,...

picture of a happy school girl with a healthy lunch

More than half a million children benefitted from healthy food and activities during summer

Over 600,000 children attended free, government-funded Holiday Activities and Food clubs this summer, including over 495,000 eligible for free school meals

From: Department for Education and The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP

Hundreds of thousands of children from low-income families are benefitting from healthy food and extra-curricular activities, through programmes helping to level up...