Councils given cash to beat childhood obesity

As part of the government’s Trailblazer programme, 13 local authorities are to receive funding to develop solutions for childhood obesity. In addition to £10,000, each council will get targeted support to develop practical plans. In spring next year, 5 successful authorities will be selected to take their plans forward over 3 years, and will be given expert advice and £100,000 a year funding to do this.

The outcomes of the successful plans will be shared with other local authorities to develop best practices and solutions to local obstacles. The programme is part of the government’s childhood obesity plan, which aims to halve childhood obesity and significantly reduce the gap in obesity between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030.

Councillor Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: ‘No child should be at a disadvantage in life because of where they are from and this programme aims to support councils to reduce this gap, with a view to preventing children from becoming obese in the first place and able to live healthy and fulfilling lives.”

CACHE supports the government’s Trailblazer programme and understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle on children’s development in the early years. We offer a Physical Activity and Nutritional Coordinator (PANCo) qualification which covers best practice in physical activity and nutrition within the early years setting, leading and championing the health and wellbeing of children and their families along with supporting the prevention of obesity.

The PANCo role was born out of an innovative health improvement initiative for the early years sector, now known as part of the PANCo Programme. The PANCo programme enables practitioners to lead continuous improvements around physical activity and nutrition within their setting, supporting the prevention of obesity.

A PANCo acts as an agent for change, championing health and wellbeing in the setting. This unit is a stepping stone to becoming a qualified PANCo.

All learners and tutors are encouraged to join the PANCo network [hyperlink -http://www.panco.org.uk/join-the-network] when they begin this unit. Membership to the network is free and provides access to resources and support to achieve and undertake this unit and the PANCo role. Benefits include: opportunities to share best practice, practical ideas to overcome barriers to change, continued professional development, and updates from experts in the field of early years health and wellbeing.

Find out more about this unit which sits within our NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner QRN: 601/8424/3 qualification or can be taken as a standalone unit.

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