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Health and Social Care committee calls for extra health checks for three-year-olds

MP’s announce concerns that current early years support is not effectively helping children at risk of issues such as poverty, parental conflict and poor housing.

In its ‘First 1,000 days of life report’ the Health and Social Care committee have called for an additional health check for all children between the ages of 3 and 3 ½. Whilst children currently receive up to five visits from health visitors up to the age of 30 months an extra check is being recommended to ensure children are ready to start school.

The recommendation has been prompted by evidence that suggests nearly a third of children in England have not reached a good level of development by the time they reach reception age at school.

The committee also calls for a long-term cross government strategy for the first 1,000 days of life with the plan to be implemented locally by councils in partnership with local NHS organisations and charities.

The full report can be found here