Durham Pre-School Research
With increasing numbers of children showing problems with
behaviour even before entering primary school, we started looking at
how at how fatty acids may assist pre-schoolers. We wanted to
see how youngsters would tolerate oils, and see if there could be
benefits at a crucial time of brain development. Our interest in
this area was triggered by the strong results we saw
broadcast on BBC1's Child of Our Time.
Timothy Hackworth Primary
Our first work in this area was based in the Nursery of Timothy
Hackworth Primary School. Following the evidenced success of the
pupils in school who took part in the first trial staff and parents
were anxious to determine whether children entering nursery who had
problems with attention could have their concentration improved
through taking the supplement.
Mr Andrew Westerman, former Head Teacher, who was involved in the
original trial spoke with parents, children and staff and it was
agreed that a small-scale study would take place.
Parents were very keen for their children to be involved and a
supplement is being given at home and in the nursery. The supplement
is being administered in liquid form because of the age of the
Comments from the
There has been much excitement in the school as there is such a
positive ethos following the success story of Elliott Best whose
progress was followed in the first of 'The
Human Mind' series presented by Sir Robert Winston.
A range of indicators have been selected to measure
children's progress. There are the usual assessments which take
place for children on entry to nursery school and in addition time
on task and general levels of behaviour are being observed. Evidence
of change is being sought from parents and staff members and the
children themselves will be asked whether they have noticed any
The children's social skills and language development will be
observed to determine whether their ability to interact with one
another has improved.
The change that was evident in James shown in the first of the 'Child of Our Time' programmes
has also been observed in other young children. Mr Andrew
Westerman, says, €œIf we can identify and address problems
in concentration at such an early stage this will have a very
positive effect on the learning outcomes of children in our