Children and young people spend lot of their time in child care and educational settings. These settings can have a big impact on helping to influence lifestyle behaviours. Good health and well-being is key to successful learning and can influence future life outcomes.

Developing health initiatives within these settings provide children, young people, parents/carers, staff and governors with consistent health and well-being messages, development of new skills, a supportive environment and links to community resources. Consequently the long term benefits of being part of such initiatives allows children to feel confident in adopting positive lifestyle choices that they will then carry into their adult life.

Our plan includes:

  1. Improving whole school approach to healthy food throughout the school day.
  2. Ensuring all pre-school settings are implementing the Welsh Government ‘Food and Nutrition in Childcare Settings’ Guidance.
  3. Ensuring school lunch breaks are a minimum of 45 minutes.
  4. Increasing physical activity in all education settings during curriculum time through outdoor learning, play, sport or initiatives such as Daily Mile or suitable alternative.
  5. Ensuring schools have Active Travel to School plans.
  6. Increasing food and physical activity opportunities out of hours across educational settings.

What can you do to develop a whole school approach to healthy food throughout the school day?

Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme (WNHSS) provides support for all schools and education settings to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and families. They provide information, teaching resources and advice.

Contact your Healthy Schools Team for more information:
Email: Cardiff – Karen Trigg
Email: Vale – Christine Farr

A Food Policy and Fitness Policy is your opportunity to make a statement about where you stand on all things food, nutrition and fitness, your school’s culture and the curriculum.

Contact your Healthy Schools Team for more information and support:
Email: Cardiff – Karen Trigg
Email: Vale – Christine Farr

Want to know more about nutrition and healthy eating in a fun, relaxed way and gain accreditation for learning? NUTRITION SKILLS FOR LIFE™ is open to anyone working in the community and delivered by NHS Wales dietitians. There are two key aspects to the programme:

  1. to support and train community workers to promote healthy eating and incorporate food and nutrition skills into their work and
  2. to develop healthy eating initiatives with community groups such as delivery of Get Cooking, an accredited practical cooking course to improve knowledge and skills about healthy eating.For more information, please contact the public health dietitians on 02920 907699 or email nutrition.skillsforlife.cav@wales.nhs.uk

Works with secondary schools to generate and use good quality evidence about health improvement for their pupils. Note SHRN is currently only for mainstream secondary schools.

Get Cooking
Get Cooking is a practical cookery course that can be delivered over 6-8 weeks. The course is delivered in a fun and informal way and allows participants to develop confidence and skills in preparing healthy meals.

The course is accredited with Agored Cymru at Level 1 and these courses run throughout Cardiff and Vale.

Get Cooking tutors can be trained through the Nutrition Skills for Life Scheme. Once trained, tutors can access high quality resources such as a Get Cooking recipe book, learner workbooks and tutor handbook.

Contact the Nutrition Skills for Life Team for more information:
Email: Nutrition.Skillsforlife.cav@wales.nhs.uk
Phone: 029 2090 7699

The Healthy, Aspiring, Prosperous and Inclusive (Hapi) project is working across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to deliver FREE food and physical activity focused workshops and activities.

For more information contact Newydd Housing:
Email: hapi@newydd.co.uk
Phone: 03030401998

There are a lot of resources available when developing and delivering activities to promote healthy eating.

Access Eatwell Guide Resources
Useful leaflet about healthy lunchboxes
Tip Top Ideas to Eat Well In Wales
NHS Live Well resources
British Dietetic Association resources

Veg Power, though a variety of innovative and exciting campaigns, to help us to eat more veg! Veg Power is working with organisations across the UK to increase the portions of veg and you can access lots of resources to help you.

Power up your Pupils with Veg toolkit for schools

Cardiff’s Veg City Campaign is driving up veg consumption by changing things on a local level – promoting veg, growing veg, getting more veg into school meals, reducing the amount of veg that is wasted, and so much more.

They are calling on schools to make a veg pledge. A resource pack for teachers has been developed, Power Up Your Pupils with Veg, along with a Peas Please Parent Pack, to engage primary school children with veg.

Find out more or contact Cardiff’s Sustainable Food City Co-ordinator:
Pearl.Costello@wales.nhs.uk

To help school meal providers, head teachers and governors collect evidence and demonstrate compliance with the Regulations the WLGA has produced a Healthy Eating in Schools Evidence Guide and Toolkit. Use it to check how your school is doing.

What can you do to ensure good food and nutrition in pre-school settings?

Eating a nutritious balanced diet and having good hydration is essential for children at this stage. This helps to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, protect teeth from decay and ensure they have all the nutrients they need for healthy development. This is a practical and user friendly resource to help settings support children to eat well, provide excellent quality food to meet the childcare regulations for food and drink, and also be able to share with parents that they are offering the best start for their children.

There are lots of information and resources to help you support families with young children to maintain a healthy weight – posters, leaflets, and activity ideas.

The Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme is a national accreditation scheme which acknowledges pre-school
settings as contributors to children’s health and wellbeing.

Contact your local scheme to find out more:
Cardiff – Email: Emma.Coleman@cardiff.gov.uk
Vale – Email: Catherine.perry@wales.nhs.uk or visit website for further information

The food and drink offered in childcare settings plays an important role in the health of children and can help develop good eating habits to set them up for life. The Cardiff and Vale Gold Standard Healthy Snack Award celebrates childcare settings that value good nutrition and offer quality snack provision.

The award is available for all childcare providers across Cardiff and the Vale, including childminders, day nurseries, parent and toddler groups, Cylchoedd Meithrin, Flying Start groups, playgroups and out of school clubs. To achieve the award there are set criteria around the provision of healthy snacks and drinks, a positive eating environment and food hygiene and safety. Having the award also shows that the setting is following The Welsh Government Best Practice Guidance on Food and Nutrition for Childcare Settings.

To check if a childcare setting has the award look for the Snack Award logo. For more information, please contact the public health dietitians.

Email: nutrition.skillsforlife.cav@wales.nhs.uk
Phone: 02920 907699

Level 2 Community Food and Nutrition Course for the Early Years
Designed to quip early years practitioners with the nutrition knowledge and skills to cascade evidence based consistent food and nutrition messages to children and families and to improve the food and drink provision in their settings. This training is aimed at all early years practitioners working across Wales and supports further initiatives such as the Healthy and Sustainable Preschool Scheme.

Level 2 Community and Nutrition Skills Course
Designed to equip participants with the nutrition knowledge and skills to cascade evidence based consistent food and nutrition messages to community groups they work with. This training is aimed at those intending to deliver level 1 accredited courses and/or Foodwise for Life programmes such as community workers, teachers, teaching assistants, youth workers and foster carers. This training support further initiatives such as the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme.

Contact the Nutrition Skills for Life Team for more information:
Email: Nutrition.Skillsforlife.cav@wales.nhs.uk
Phone: 029 2090 7699

What can you do to ensure school lunch breaks are long enough?

Due to the impact of recent COVID-19 restrictions, we understand that the timings of the school day may have changed, and may continue to be altered if the COVID-19 situation changes locally or nationally.

Lunchtimes and break-times are an important time for a brief pause in the school day, for play, recreation and socialisation with friends and peers, for physical activity and eating food in a leisurely and relaxed social environment.

Read some of the research about school break times and lunchtimes

Find out more

What can you do to increase physical activity during the school day?

The Welsh Government published ‘Guidance on learning in schools and settings: coronavirus’ which gives schools and supporting partners a common set of priorities for learning throughout the response to COVID-19 and as we move to recovery. The focus remains on learner health and well-being as the prerequisite for learning.

It states that learning should support learners’ mental, emotional, physical and social well-being as well as recognising the importance of outdoor learning and play.

https://gov.wales/guidance-learning-schools-and-settings-coronavirus-html

Outdoor Learning is going to be a priority on school return after COVID-19. Visit Outdoor Learning Wales, which has lots of info including new curriculum linked resources.

https://www.outdoorlearningwales.org/home

Contact the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Healthy Living Team to find out about training and activity ideas. Visit the website or contact Rachel Shepherd at RLShepherd@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Cardiff Games offers over 100 sporting opportunities for pupils at some of Cardiff’s best sporting facilities in partnership with National Governing Bodies, leisure providers and sports clubs. Focus is on team work, improving communication skills and building resilience. Check out the website for details of how you can sign your school up.

Cardiff Met Open Campus is a collaborative programme that delivers sport, physical activity, outdoor play, health and wellbeing opportunities. The project is aligned to the University curriculum, which enables us to provide a range of free and paid for opportunities to partners both on and off-campus that are linked to students’ degree outcomes and academic research. It provides opportunities for partners to utilise the World Class facilities on Cyncoed Campus in practical sessions that occur within the University curriculum. Additionally, student placement opportunities allow students to work on projects within the community to support physical activity and health outcomes across the Cardiff City region.

For more information contact sportcardiff@cardiffmet.ac.uk or visit the website

Play to Learn is made up of three stories which include 36 skill cards for explaining how different physical activities are performed. There are also 16 Play Games Cards that give children the chance to put their skills into action in a fun and exciting way.

Advice and guidance for all those who have an interest in encouraging and facilitating children’s play.

Website includes plenty of resources and guidance sheets.

A very simple concept which any school can implement – jogging, walking or running a mile a day, whatever the weather! Make sure you register your school if you so take part so you will appear on the map. Includes COVID-19 adaptations. Visit the website

The Young Ambassador programme work with young people to become leaders through sport, to help encourage their inactive peers to become hooked on sport. There are over 2,800 active Young Ambassadors in schools, colleges and Universities across Wales. There is a pathway from Bronze (Primary School) through to Higher Education Young Ambassadors. For more information contact:
Cardiff: Email sportcardiff@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Vale: Email healthylivingteam@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Visit the website

What can you do to ensure schools have Active Travel to School plans?

Encouraging walking, cycling and scooting to school improves the health and wellbeing and concentration of children. It reduces traffic congestion, improves safety and reduces air pollution.

Cardiff Council has Active Travel to Schools officers in place to support every school to develop an Active Travel Plan.

Contact the Council Active Travel Schools Team:
travelplans@cardiff.gov.ukcynlluniauteithio@caerdydd.gov.uk

Visit the website for more information

Vale of Glamorgan Council is currently developing an Active Travel Plan for all Vale schools. Contact the Vale Active Travel Officer for information

Email: ActiveTravel@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
Visit the website for more information.

What can you do to increase heathy eating and physical activity outside of school day?

The Cardiff Games is a school sport competition calendar created to bring the personal best out of pupils regardless of sporting ability. It offers over 100 sporting opportunities for pupils at some of Cardiff’s best sporting facilities in partnership with National Governing Bodies, leisure providers and sports clubs. It’s not all about winning with a large focus on team work, improving communication skills and building resilience. Check out the website for details of how you can sign your school up.

Cardiff Met Open Campus is a collaborative programme that delivers sport, physical activity, outdoor play, health and wellbeing opportunities. The project is aligned to the University curriculum, which enables us to provide a range of free and paid for opportunities to partners both on and off-campus that are linked to students’ degree outcomes and academic research. It provides opportunities for partners to utilise the World Class facilities on Cyncoed Campus in practical sessions that occur within the University curriculum. Additionally, student placement opportunities allow students to work on projects within the community to support physical activity and health outcomes across the Cardiff City region.

For more information contact sportcardiff@cardiffmet.ac.uk or visit the website

The Healthy Living Team within the Vale of Glamorgan Council lead on the development of the Vale Sport & Physical Activity plan, and work with a range of partners to create new and further develop existing activities for residents of all ages. This helps to work towards the Vale’s vision of creating ‘more active communities for a healthier future’ and the vision for Sport in Wales where everyone can have a lifetime enjoyment of sport. To find out more about their projects or discuss a project you would like to develop please contact healthylivingteam@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
Facebook: @valesportsplay
Twitter: @valesportsteam
Instagram: @valesportsteam1
YouTube: Vale Healthy Living Team

The Healthy Living Team work with a range of partners to ensure there is a variety of appropriate and enjoyable sport and physical activity opportunities available across the Vale of Glamorgan for children and young people, both within extra-curricular and community settings through the Active Young people programme. This includes:

  • Secondary schools – working with schools, pupils, local coaches and clubs to create additional extra-curricular opportunities targeted at those with low participation levels to help pupils become more active, more often. They provide leadership training to pupils so they can help their peers become more active. This is achieved through peer-led projects such as Young Ambassadors and Coaches of the Future.
  • Primary Schools – working with schools, pupils, local coaches and clubs to create additional extra-curricular activity opportunities targeted at those with low participation levels to help pupils become more active, more often. Leadership training through Sports Leaders Playmakers is supporting primary pupils in years 5/6 to give pupils the skills and knowledge to be able to assist in leading games and physical activities in school, at break / lunch-times. The course is delivered over a school day and used to help encourage younger pupils to be more active and can also be used to target specific pupils who would benefit from participating. Courses can be organised for teachers, LSAs and parent volunteers etc to deliver activities within the extra-curricular programme.
  • Festivals and Active School Challenges – the team host a series of free festivals and challenges open to schools to give the pupils the opportunity to take part in a range of different activities, encouraging increased activity. These are often linked to local clubs to increase awareness around local community opportunities and provide an opportunity to learn new skills to encourage continued participation. The Active Schools Challenges are designed to be inclusive to all, with the aim of a whole school approach, and include challenges such as the Daily Mile.
  • Pre-schools – working in partnership with Healthy and Sustainable Pre-schools and other pre-school partners to train more pre-school staff / childminders to increase their confidence to deliver physical activity to young children.
  • See the latest school sport survey results – used to help plan work with schools to make sure limited resources are
    targeted where they are most needed.

Find out about training and activity ideas. Visit the website

To find out more about the Active Young people programme contact Rachel Shepherd at RLShepherd@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Search Dewis Cymru website database for classes and activities by postcode or activity.

Community clubs have a vital role to play in ensuring that all communities have access to physical activity have access to physical activity opportunities.

Vale: Use the directory of physical activity and sports clubs in the Vale of Glamorgan to find the right activity.

Cardiff- contact Sport Cardiff’s Club Development Co-ordinator for more information about Cardiff clubs.

For more information on how, visit the website

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