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Preschool health scheme launched

Thursday, 22 March 2012
A preschool scheme aimed at improving the health of Swansea youngsters has been launched by Public Health Wales at the Richard Ley Development Centre in Llansamlet.
The Healthy and Sustainable Preschool Scheme is part of the Welsh Government’s Healthy Schools Scheme initiative and is aimed at  preschool childcare provisions, including nurseries, childminders, and family centres.
The aim is to actively promote and protect all aspects of health: physical, emotional, and mental and social, and the wellbeing of the whole school community.
In Swansea, 85 primary and 13 secondary schools are active members of the Healthy Schools Scheme.
The Healthy Preschool scheme covers  seven  aspects of health, including:
  • Nutrition & oral health
  • Physical activity & active play
  • Safety
  • Hygiene
  • Mental and emotional health, wellbeing and relationships
  • Environment
  • Workplace health
Catrin Jones, Pre and Healthy School Practitioner, said: “The aim of the launch was to raise awareness of the healthy preschool scheme and to generate enthusiasm. We included presentations from Designed to Smile (an oral health initiative), community dieticians and  physical activity development workers to name just a few.
“In addition to the speakers, the launch day included a series of interactive tasks. For example, we asked delegates to draw a happy and healthy child, the aim of this task was to get delegates thinking about the holistic approach to health and all the aspects that contribute to a healthy and happy child.
“One of the benefits of the healthy preschool scheme is that it incorporates other initiatives and builds them into the scheme. When childcare provisions sign up to the scheme they then work through the health aspects addressing the criteria. They will receive plenty of support, training and resources to assist them in achieving this.”
Due to the interest generated by the The Healthy and Sustainable Preschool Scheme launch, another event aimed at childminders will be held later in March.
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