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Search for this keyword. Latest content Current issue Archive Authors About. Log in via Institution. Primary schools and the amplification of social differences in child mental health: Abstract Background This paper examines socioeconomic inequalities in mental health at school entry and explores changes in these inequalities over the first 3 years of school.
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Results The sample demographics were similar to that of the population of children in Glasgow: Table 2 Frequencies of cohort characteristics. Table 4 Unadjusted multilevel models: Table 5 Univariable multilevel models containing school-level variables. Table 6 Final multivariable multilevel model predicting Total Difficulties abnormal score at age 7 years.
Strengths The major strength of this study is that it uses routinely collected data collated by Glasgow City Council Education Services: Weaknesses The main strength of the study is also its weakness: Conclusions Children with high levels of social, emotional and behavioural problems, and those from more deprived backgrounds, need extra support in the preschool and early school years to help narrow these inequalities. Acknowledgments First and foremost, the authors would like to thank the schools, parents and staff who participated in the data collection process. The strategic review of health inequalities in England post Department for International Development , A systematic review of the relationships between social capital and socioeconomic inequalities in health: Int J Equity Health ; Wilkinson R , Pickett K.
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Pregnancy and birth services. Back to Children Home Healthy living Children Growth and development - primary school children. Growth and development - primary school children Share show more. Children Children - Growth and development. Parents and carers are the main role models for children of all ages , despite the powerful influences of peers and the media. Primary school children pick up the media messages surrounding body image and are thinking about how they look.
Being underweight or overweight can cause health problems in the long term. Healthy children will generally have healthy growth and development patterns.
Many things influence growth including genes, nutrition, good health and sickness. Children do not usually grow in a constant way. A change in height and weight can occur in a short amount of time. The most common ways include: Measurements are taken from studies of the population as a whole and reflect the normal range of height and weight for children within a particular group for example, all children born in a particular year.
For example, a child who is on the 85th centile for height is taller than 85 per cent of other children in Australia of the same age and gender but shorter than 15 per cent of other children. In Victoria, the Centre for Disease Control growth charts from the United States are most commonly used to assess and monitor the growth of children. The World Health Organisation growth charts may also be used in some settings.
BMI centile charts for children The BMI, is the most common way to assess whether a person is underweight, healthy weight or overweight.
For example, BMI usually drops during the preschool years and then increases through the school years into adulthood. So a BMI calculation for a child or for an adolescent must be looked at together with age and gender centile charts. BMI centile charts are used for children over the age of two.
The charts use centile cut-offs as a guide only. BMI above the 85 th centile and below the 95 th centile indicates a child is overweight. The 95th centile and above indicates obesity. Weight problems in childhood can cause problems Being underweight or overweight can cause problems both now and when your child is an adult. Overweight children may be teased in the schoolyard, which may make them self-conscious and affect their attitude to school.
Overweight children are less likely to take part in physical activity, which can make it even harder for them to manage their weight. Childhood obesity can increase the risk of a child developing a range of illnesses in later life such as diabetes and heart disease. Some primary school children believe they are either too fat or too thin skinny , even if they are within the healthy weight range for their height and age.
At this stage, primary school aged children become aware of how they look compared with other children, and have begun to notice the media messages surrounding body image. Try to be a good role model and establish healthy eating habits for yourself and the whole family. Try to involve your children in physical activities they enjoy — perhaps do things together as a family, like walking or bike riding. This is the perfect time for your child to learn about the importance of healthy food and activity. References Weight — how much should you weigh?
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Please note that we cannot answer personal medical queries. If you are looking for health or medical advice we recommend that you: Enter your comments below optional. But with a historical focus on literacy and numeracy in the classroom, many headteachers believe it is not being addressed , and that schools are left to tackle these issues by themselves.
Here in Swansea, we have been looking at a new way of helping schools deal with child well-being, bringing together a range of health, education and research professionals to help. Aware that teachers cannot work at it alone any longer, we have found a way to take care of child health needs while maintaining educational outcomes in schools.
We use data collected from children aged nine to years-old who complete health and well-being assessments through the Swan-Linx project , which brought youngsters together for a fitness fun day and assessments. Then, the huge variety of information gathered — including body mass index, fitness, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, well-being and concentration — is summarised in a school report. To date, we have gathered information from around 3, children in the Swansea area.
Once analysis of this data is complete, findings are accessible to the relevant schools and organisations — dietitians, sport development, local charities, and public health professionals — that are part of the HAPPEN network, supporting teachers so that a plan of action can be put in place. We have found that though some schools are doing their best to help their pupils grow and stay healthy outside of educational targets, even the most savvy institutions can still benefit from outside help.
One local primary school, which believed that it placed a strong emphasis on fitness, for example, was concerned to discover that a third of the children in years five and six were overweight. This led to a new approach at the school and increased healthy initiatives: PE lessons are being reworked and teachers are adding more active elements to other lessons.
In addition, the children are being encouraged to manage their own fitness and set personal health goals. Until now, we have mostly focused on the physical health and fitness of children participating in the project.