A look at how mental health and well-being affects early years practitioners and young children.

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Insufficient evidence that screen time harms children

There is not enough evidence to prove screen time is harmful to children, according to new guidance.


Five-year-olds to receive mental health support in Scotland

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans to introduce a mental well-being service for children and young people from the age of five.


Rise in unhappiness and mental health problems in girls

Girls are more worried about their appearance than boys, says a new report, which highlights an alarming trend in self-harm among young teenage girls.


Holiday clubs found to benefit children and families

New research reveals holiday clubs have a wider impact on child health and well-being than previously believed.


Government sets out plans for mental health support teams in schools

Plans to support children’s mental health in schools do not go far enough, child experts say.


Stress and mental health problems taking their toll on early years staff

One in four early years workers are considering leaving the sector due to stress and mental health problems, a major survey has revealed.


Nursery well-being programme aims to prevent mental health problems

A well-being programme developed specially for pre-school children is expanding into nurseries across the country.


Rise in number of schools asking for mental health support for children

Children as young as three are being referred by nurseries and schools for professional support with their mental health, the NSPCC has learned.


Government mental health plans ‘failing a generation’ of children

The Government has come under fire from both the education and health select committees of MPs, who say that its flawed plans risk leaving hundreds of thousands...


More than 3,700 teachers signed off due to stress

New figures reveal an increase in the number of teachers on long-term sick leave for stress and mental health reasons.