Launch of new guidance as health, early years and academic experts’ partner

A partnership between health, academic and early years experts (Early Years Alliance, Jolly Back, University of Derby and the National Education Union) has developed guidance which reduces back pain and other musculoskeletal disorder risks related to working in the sector. Training materials have been created and research launched to gather further insight to those working in the sector.

This World Spine Day (16th October) it’s ready for launch

World Spine Day is a global day of action to highlight the burden of spinal pain and disability and promote optimum spinal health.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in lockdown measures that have restricted people’s ability to undertake physical activity and keep mobile. Working from home has led to increased reports of back and neck pain. As early years practitioners return to working in “child height environments”, they may be one of the working groups most affected by back and musculoskeletal pain.

Lorna Taylor, physiotherapist and director at Jolly Back says “we always see an increase in enquiries for teacher’s back care products and advice 2 weeks after the school holidays as teachers return to classrooms across the country. Being crammed into children’s chairs, bending awkwardly over tiny tables and stooping over low sinks understandably take their toll”.


Studies show that as many as 75 per cent of early years and primary teachers have problems with their backs, as well as their necks, hips and knees which they feel are related to their work.

A checklist and action plan, along with step by step practical guidance, legal considerations and a key points for practitioners poster can be found at Eyalliance

Alistair Turvill, tutor and researcher at University of Derby, BA (Hons) Childhood Studies explains “The importance of a healthy and informed workforce in the early years is more important than ever, and developments in this area are a critical part of this”.

Pete Ellse, CEO of educational supplier, Cosy says: “increasingly it’s recognised that the wellbeing of teachers is crucial to a performing school workforce”.

We are delighted to be part of creating the new guidance and hope it is shared far and wide to help all those dedicated to working with young children.