Healthy Pre-school Scheme
The scheme, part of the Welsh Government Healthy Schools Scheme initiative, is aimed at all pre-school childcare provision, including nurseries, playgroups, childminders and family centres.
The scheme aims to actively promote health in the following areas:
- Nutrition and oral health
- Physical activity and active play
- Mental and emotional health, wellbeing and relationships
- Workplace health
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. We hope that more settings will join the scheme in the future.
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.
Catherine Perry, Senior Health Promotion Specialist
Public Health Wales
Cardiff & Vale Public Health Team