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Giving children and young people the best start in life

Posts relating to PHE Priority 4: Giving children and young people the best start in life

A welcome return to school for students in England

As students are welcomed into the new academic year, we know how important schools and colleges are to their health and wellbeing. Find out more about the actions taken to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in schools and the steps to take if a student tests positive.

Giving every child the best start in life

The modernised Healthy Child Programme will help ensure every child can thrive and achieve - we want all children to be ready to learn at 2, ready for school at 5 and ready for life when they reach adulthood. Find out more about the new resources in this blog.

Restarting public health programmes for school-aged children

Public health programmes are essential in promoting and protecting the health of school-aged children. This blog sets out the principles to consider when supporting the restart of programmes safely and effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

No child left behind - a public health informed approach to improving outcomes for vulnerable children

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, local government, health, education and other public services have sought to make sure that vulnerable children are protected. As we look ahead, these children and their families remain central to our public health plans and ambitions.

Health visitors: Giving our children the best possible start

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The health visiting service has been transformed in recent years to improve access, experience, outcomes and contribute to reducing health inequalities. This is the story of what's been achieved through more health visitors and renewed vision. Follow @VivJBennett or

Using small area data for local planning on the health of children

Over the years, we in PHE have had many requests for data for small geographical areas, particularly for electoral wards. Through our work leading the National Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network we have seen that while those working …