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Children from disadvantaged families will be able to access out-of-school activities and healthy meals for free this summer in a £2m pilot scheme funded by the Department for Education.

The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed ministers will launch a consultation this summer on the ways in which the nursery milk scheme is funded.

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

Levels of severe obesity in children aged 10 to 11 years have reached the highest point since records began.

The expert panel who advised Ofsted on its obesity report, claim that the inspectorate has gone against its advice by saying that schools are not the ‘silver bullet’ to tackling childhood obesity.

Health campaigners have called for tougher restrictions on online adverts for unhealthy food aimed at children, after their complaints against confectionery brands were upheld.

A coalition of health and maternity organisations are urging the Government to take action, as smoking in pregnancy reduction rates are feared to be stalling.

New guidance to support healthy food and drink provision in childcare settings has been put out for consultation in Wales.

The Government has reformed its Childhood Obesity Plan to include tighter controls on junk food marketing.

The adverse effects of indoor air pollution on children in the UK are to be investigated for the first time.