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The power of colour in early development

The power of colour in early development

Young children are excited by bright colour — it grabs their attention and ignites curiosity. A baby is born with monochrome vision and is unable to distinguish the difference between colours, it is not until around 8 months when their colour vision is fully developed. By 3-4 years, a child can begin to recognise and name basic colours as frequent exposure can help strengthen this skill.

As well as being visually appealing to a child, what other benefits does colour have in early development? Infinite Playgrounds, educational play area designers, has provided us with more of an insight.

The advantages of colour

It depends on how old a child is as to what benefits they can gain from colour exposure.

Bridge College Receives National Lottery Funding From Sport England To Help Get Students Active

Together Trust’s Bridge College has been given £50,000 of National Lottery funding by Sport England to encourage students to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each week.

 

Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. As part of this initiative, Sport England is investing £5 million into projects in colleges that will support their inactive students into regular activity

 

Run by the leading North West charity, Together Trust, the college based in Openshaw, Manchester is non-residential specialist education college for students aged 16 to 25 years with disabilities, complex needs and autism.

 

Intu's green-fingered volunteers transform charity garden at Autism East Midlands Fairview and Lynton residential services

Intu's green-fingered volunteers transform charity garden at Autism East Midlands Fairview and Lynton residential services

A DONATION of £1500 and a group of over 20 eager volunteers from intu have helped to rejuvenate the old school playground at Autism East Midlands’ Fairview and Lynton residential home to a haven for residents ahead of warmer weather in Carlton this week.

The garden based at Fairview and Lynton residential home, offers the residents with autism a safe and secure environment to go about their daily lives. A garden has played a role in the lives of the residents at their old home at Linby Drive.

NRS Healthcare Introduce the Seahorse Plus Toileting and Shower Chair

seahorse chair

The next generation Seahorse Plus Toileting and Shower Chair is a development of the acclaimed Seahorse Sanichair – re-designed with the aim to add improved functionality whilst retaining the key benefits of the original Seahorse.

Based on extensive feedback from healthcare professionals, carers and end users, the Seahorse Plus features increased comfort, stability and adaptability, making it ideal for children of varying ages and suitable for both home and care settings. The chair has removable back and seat liners that are sold separately, with two liner options for each size of chair. The Seahorse Plus has the capability to accommodate multiple children or one child as they grow and now features independent, height adjustable footrests for comfort with straps for security.

I CAN ANNOUNCES NEW TRUSTEES AND CHAIR OF GOVENORS

Children’s communication charity, I CAN have announced the appointment of new Trustee – Dr Judy Clegg, Senior Lecturer in the department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield. Judy will also take up the position of Chair of Governors at I CAN’s Dawn House School in Nottinghamshire

A speech and language therapist by background, Judy has extensive experience of working, teaching and researching in the field of children’s speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). She is also the Director of Professional Learning overseeing the clinical degree programmes in speech and language therapy at the University of Sheffield.


HOLLYOAKS STARS JOINED GO RUN FOR FUN

THE WORLD’S LARGEST CHILDREN’S RUNNING CHARITY, TO CELEBRATE 100,000TH RUNNER IN LIVERPOOL. OVER 1,000 CHILDREN TOOK PART IN THE ONE-MILE RUNNING EVENT ALONGSIDE HOLLYOAKS STARS JUAN PABLO YEPEZ AND RICHARD LINNELL AS WELL AS EUROPEAN AND WORLD 60M GOLD MEDALLIST RICHARD KILTY

GO RUN FOR FUN AIMS TO GET AS MANY KIDS AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 10 OFF THE COUCH AND RUNNING, AND CELEBRATED ITS 100,000TH RUNNER ON TUESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER, AT THE WAVERTREE ATHLETICS CENTRE, LIVERPOOL

JIM RATCLIFFE, INEOS CHARIMAN AND GO RUN FOR FUN FOUNDER, SAID, “IT WAS OUR AIM TO GET 100,000 CHILDREN RUNNING WITHIN THREE YEARS OF THE LAUNCH AND TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL SO SOON IS A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT.”

NHS grant for epilepsy film

Children’s charity, Young Epilepsy has won new funding from NHS England under their Celebrating Excellence in Participation community scheme.

This exciting grant will enable Young Epilepsy and its partners to create a truly innovative film that will celebrate the diversity of young people with epilepsy and consolidates the charity’s recommendations from the findings of its Darzi Fellowship, for more integrated services. The film will tell the story of how children and young people with epilepsy were able to share their perspectives and shape the report and its recommendations.

Children’s communication charity wins award for innovation!

I CAN, the children’s communication charity, has been awarded the SLCN Innovation Award for its Talk about Talk programme at the Shine a Light awards ceremony in London, hosted by comedian David Baddiel, for its innovative approach in involving young people in various aspects of the training development.

The award winning programme, Talk about Talk was developed to provide training for organisations to improve their ability to identify and support young people with communication difficulties. Key to its development was the contribution of young people to aspects of the training.

Emergency funding available for young people and families in crisis

The children’s grant-giving organisation, Buttle UK, runs a Small Grants Programme which can provide a personal and fast response to families living in crisis and help children to improve their engagement in education..

This programme is designed to help ensure that children who are experiencing very difficult circumstances where their safety, health or development is at risk, still have their basic material needs met.

The charity considers exceptional those who are living in severe poverty, suffering deprivation as a result, and who are facing additional social issues such as domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse, estrangement, illness, distress, abuse, neglect, behavioural or mental health issues.