VALE OF GLAMORGAN HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE PRE-SCHOOL SCHEME

HOW WE SUPPORT PRESCHOOL SETTINGS TO MOVE MORE AND EAT WELL

The scheme, part of the Welsh Government Healthy Schools Scheme initiative, i iss aimed at all pre-school childcare provision, including nurseries, playgroups, childminders and family centres.

The scheme aims to actively promote health in several areas including:

  • Nutrition and oral health
  • Physical activity and active play

Taking a positive approach, the scheme aims to recognise good practice so that nurseries, playgroups and childminders who are part of the scheme can gradually work their way through the topics above.

There are a number of pre-school settings that are currently signed up to the Healthy and Sustainable Pre-school Scheme and are undertaking some fantastic work.

Partnership work is key to the success of the scheme. Many health habits are established at a young age, making the early-years environment an ideal time to influence a child’s health.

Early years practitioners have the potential to make a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing of children in their care, and the Vale of Glamorgan Healthy and Sustainable Pre-school Scheme helps them to do this.

Early years is a crucial time for children. The first three years of a child’s life are particularly important for healthy development and investing in children at this early age can dramatically improve the rest of their lives.

The Vale of Glamorgan Healthy and Sustainable Pre School Scheme aims to promote the health of pre-school aged children, their families and carers.   The scheme reaches young children through the child care organisations they attend (nurseries, playgroups and childminders) and encourages healthy behaviour from the very earliest age.

The scheme is divided into 8 health topic areas:

  • Preliminary Phase (an introduction to the scheme)
  • Nutrition and oral health
  • Physical activity and active play
  • Safety
  • Hygiene
  • Mental and emotional health, wellbeing and relationships
  • Environment
  • Workplace health

Childcare organisations collect evidence to show they are meeting criteria in all of the above areas. Support and encouragement is provided through training events, newsletters, resources and visits from a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Healthy and Sustainable Pre Scheme Team.

Partnership work is key to success and many different organisations and individuals are involved. Early years practitioners have the potential to make a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing of children in their care, and the Vale of Glamorgan Healthy and Sustainable Pre-school Scheme makes the most of their skills and experience. To create a happy and healthy society, we need to raise our children in a happy and healthy way.

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