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Pre-school scheme in Pembrokeshire first to be accredited in Wales

Monday, 21 December 2009
The emotional health and wellbeing of preschool children has come  under the spotlight at a recent event in Narberth.  
Pictured left to right are (standing); Mary MacDonald, Senior Public Health Officer; Sara Bryan, Dyddiau Difyr; Liz Western, Healthy Pre School Development Officer; Erica Day, Tabernacle Kindergarten; Katie Broadhurst, Puddleducks Day Nursery; Jasmine Lewis-Hovey, Cylch Meithrin Arberth, and Sally Evans, Happy Days Haverfordwest, (seated) Sarah Taylor, Happy Days Fishguard; Councillor Sian James, and Lynne Perry, Principal Public Health Officer
Pictured left to right are (standing); Mary MacDonald, Senior Public Health Officer; Sara Bryan, Dyddiau Difyr; Liz Western, Healthy Pre School Development Officer; Erica Day, Tabernacle Kindergarten; Katie Broadhurst, Puddleducks Day Nursery; Jasmine Lewis-Hovey, Cylch Meithrin Arberth, and Sally Evans, Happy Days Haverfordwest, (seated) Sarah Taylor, Happy Days Fishguard; Councillor Sian James, and Lynne Perry, Principal Public Health Officer
Emotional Health and Well-being is one action area of Pembrokeshire’s Health Promoting Pre-School Scheme.  
 
It is the first and currently the only scheme of its kind in Wales to be accredited by the Welsh Assembly Government and is led by the Pembrokeshire Local Public Health Team.  
 
The event included speakers and presentations which focused on attachment, early relationships, circle time, communication with parents, loss and bereavement. 
 
The day was attended by some 60 guests, including representatives from nurseries all over the County, as well as professionals and partners who link in with them.    
 
“The whole idea of this scheme is to support nurseries and help them to improve youngsters’ self-esteem and emotional health from a very early age,” said Councillor Sian James, Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector, Health and Well-being who presented plaques to nurseries which had been successful in achieving the set criteria for phases 1 and 2 of the scheme.  
 
The initiative is an extension of the Healthy School Scheme in pre-school settings which involves nurseries in activities around nutrition, oral hygiene, exercise, safety, environment, play and of course emotional health and well being.   
 
It has been funded by the Well-being Activity Grant provided by the Welsh Assembly Government to help implement the well-being element of the Health, Social Care and Well-being Strategy. 
  
The event was organised by the National Public Health Service with funding from Health Challenge Pembrokeshire.
 
For further information please contact Liz Western, Healthy Pre School Development Officer on 07971 304004.
 
More information about Pembrokeshire Local Public Health Team is available from: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/page.cfm?orgid=719&pid=23255
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