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Physical and mental health for young children
Physical and mental health for young children

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Wales has introduced several initiatives aimed at improving children’s health through curricula. September 2022 saw the introduction of a new curriculum in Wales, based on 6 Areas of Learning and Experience that form the basis of teaching and learning for all age groups from nursery to GCSE.

The cover of ‘Curriculum for Wales 2022: the background, the development, the next pathway’
Figure 9 Curriculum for Wales 2022

As part of guidance relating to Health and Wellbeing, there are five ‘What Matters’ statements that all pupils will learn about, no matter what phase of education they are in. The statements are:

  1. developing physical health and wellbeing has lifelong benefits
  2. how we process and respond to our experiences affects our mental health and emotional wellbeing
  3. our decision making impacts on the quality of our lives and the lives of others
  4. how we engage with social influences shapes who we are and affects our health and wellbeing
  5. healthy relationships are fundamental to our wellbeing.