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Starting Well

Here we look at the health and wellbeing needs of 0 to 5 year olds in Calderdale.

What happens in pregnancy and early childhood impacts on our physical and emotional health for the rest of our lives. Early years, in particular the first 1,001 days (pregnancy and the first two years of life) are recognised to be the most significant in a child's development. Giving every child the best start in life is crucial to reducing health inequalities across the life course.

What happens during these early years (starting in pregnancy) has lifelong effects on many aspects of health and well-being– from obesity, heart disease and mental health, to educational achievement and economic status.

The health and wellbeing needs affecting 0 to 5 year olds in Calderdale have been assessed as part of our Starting Well Strengths and Needs Assessment report. From this, we made the Starting Well Maternity and Early Years Strategy 2023-2027.

The Health and Wellbeing Board has delegated accountability for delivering each of the four strategic outcomes in the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022 – 2027 to four life stage alliances or partnerships. Starting Well Calderdale is one of these life stages focused on includes babies, very young children aged 0 – 5 years and expectant families.

The Calderdale Starting Well Partnership Board oversees the implementation of the Starting Well Strategy across Calderdale and reports directly to the Health and Wellbeing Board Partners.

In Calderdale, as part of the agreement made by the Health and Wellbeing Board partners and in the Calderdale Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022 - 2027, we have made a commitment to supporting communities and families to ensure children are ready for school. School Readiness is a holistic approach referring to children, families and schools being prepared for a child starting school in reception. We see the child at the centre of all we do, surrounded by a range of influencing and supporting factors. Improving readiness for school in Calderdale means addressing differences that result from where we live, our gender and ethnicity and whether we have additional support needs. We also need to address causes of family stress. These include poverty, debt, unsuitable accommodation and domestic abuse.

  • Health and Wellbeing Lifecourse Stage: Starting Well.
  • Population covered: Babies, very young children aged 0-5 and expectant families.
  • The goal: Children are ready for school.

Our objectives to achieve the goal are:

  • New and expectant families have what they need for a healthy preconception, a healthy pregnancy, healthy families and a healthy child.
  • Families at highest risk of poor outcomes (including children not being ready for schools) get help early and are actively involved in shaping their care.
  • Access to safe, accessible play areas, activities, environments and opportunities to meet and socialise with other families including access to sufficient number of high quality early years education and childcare providers.

How we will know if this goal has been achieved

Narrowing of the gap in Calderdale children who have a good level of development at the end of reception, between those receiving the pupil premium and those not receiving the pupil premium (the gap was 25.1% in 2019).

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