Being Healthy

Being Healthy

Good health is one of the most important factors of a child’s life. As influential professionals we recognise our responsibility to promote and encourage children’s healthy development, working in partnership with parents and other professionals to give children the absolute best start in life.

Being Active

We strongly believe in the importance of physical activity and recognise the need in today’s society to ensure parents and educators work together to help our children develop into healthy and active adults.

Our starting point is to ensure children’s high levels of wellbeing, providing a safe and supportive environment where they can independently explore and take risks with a wide variety of experiences and resources.

Physical activity is an essential part of nursery life. We organise opportunities to promote and encourage all types of this with Yoga, walks, climbing, ball games just to name a few. Supporting children to develop their coordination, control, manipulation and movement.

Through active and exploratory play, children develop the essential motor skills that form the foundation for a lifetime of physical activity and health. Through regular physical activity, they also become better learners.

Nutrition

A varied and nutritionally balanced diet is essential to every child’s development – a healthy diet not only provides children with the energy and nutrients they need to grow and be healthy, but it also establishes good eating habits that will continue into later life. Every opportunity is taken to demonstrate and discuss healthy food choices, encouraging children to eat well and learn about the value to good health. Meal times are sociable occasions where good table manners and independence are gently encouraged. Children’s self-esteem is developed as they help to lay the tables.

We offer cooking and tasting experiences where children regularly experiment with new textures, colours and smells as they mix, pour and measure ingredients forms a valuable part of our early year’s curriculum.

Vegetable Patch

Our grass area has a small vegetable patch which provides our children with an exciting and engaging opportunity to gain responsibility, work as a team, increases communication with each other and enhance their motor skills. 

Throughout the year children play a central role in tending to the patch, working together to make choices, planting seeds and helping them to grow. They start to learn about where fruit and vegetables come from which help them make good choices to maintain a healthy lifestyle and attitude towards food.

Oral Health

We strive to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health. A child’s first experiences with oral health has a significant impact on the rest of their lives and therefore it is essential that as adults we support children in developing healthy habits and routines.

In nursery we promote good oral health through a variety of engaging and informative activities and experiences, we encourage families to take their children to visit their dentist as these early and positive visits help to familiarise children with the experience from the earliest opportunity.

Want to know a little more about keeping your children’s teeth healthy?

www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/taking-care-of-childrens-teeth