Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing is a concept that we value highly and we ensure that this is a priority across all areas of nursery life. We believe that an integrated approach to well being, one that embraces mind, body, society, and the environment is essential to enable children, families and our staff team to thrive and flourish.

The importance of wellbeing has inspired and led to a number of partnerships and collaborations with external organisations including:

  • Working in partnership with the children’s Food Trust helping to develop their national best practice guidelines for food and drink provision in early years settings. We also became the first nursery in the country to achieve the coveted good practice Children’s Food Trust Award.

  • Working in partnership with Investors in People pioneering the development of the new Health and Wellbeing at Work Award.

  • Leading the development of the National standards for a specialist physical and nutritional specialist role (PANco) for qualified childcare practitioners.

Food and Nutrition

Core to the nursery’s values is that the full spectrum of our children and staff’s wellbeing is considered, and food and nutrition is very much part of that.

One of the principles of healthy eating is variety- the wider the variety of food and drinks eaten, the better the balance of nutrients provided. We believe meals should be tasty, varied and nutritionally well balanced. We work closely with parents to make sure every child's individual needs are met.

All meals are prepared daily on site by our nursery chefs and we source our food locally. Children are involved in growing fruit and vegetables in our on site nursery orchard and community allotment in our village and in preparing and cooking food each day. Menus are displayed daily on the notice board and children's favourite recipes are available to parents to download. Take a look at our sample menus below to see the variety of healthy meals your child will be eating.

We work in partnership with the Children’s Food Trust and helped to develop their national best practice guidelines for food and drink provision in early years settings. We were proud to become the first nursery in the country to achieve the coveted good practice Children’s Food Trust Award.

Childrens Food Trust news and blog

Childrens Food Trust case study

Childrens Food Trust - Child Obsesity Rates Article 'Their lives in our hands' 

Download sample menus (PDF - opens in new window)

Physical Play

We know that children learn more physical skills in their first 5 years than at any other time in their lives and recognize that physical wellbeing is the building block of health and wellbeing.

We believe that all children should be given positive early movement experiences through physically active play and games. We have created a movement rich environment both indoors and outdoors that provides daily opportunities for children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement.

Staff support and extend each child’s abilities at their own pace, ensuring that they have lots of time to practice, develop and refine these skills and movement patterns. The more children succeed in gaining movement (motor) skills, the more they’ll want to continue with sport and physical activity into primary school and beyond.

Physical activity information and ideas for parents of young children:

British Heart Foundation - Help your baby move and play every day 

British Heart Foundation -  Help your child move and play every day

 

 

 

Health, safety and first aid

At the Old School House health and safety is our number one priority and our ethos is to keep the safety of children at the heart of day-to-day activity.

Whilst we can never remove risk entirely we believe that by having a thorough and well thought out Health and safety strategy we will not only make nursery safer for our children, families and staff team, but also for the benefit of the wider community.

We ensure that not only are our whole staff team trained in Paediatric First Aid to deal with minor accidents but more importantly that they are empowered to respond with confidence in an emergency.

We do this by embedding First Aid into daily practice through regular training, termly emergency simulation drills and bi-annual first aid needs assessments.

We have also partnered with the NDNA and Department for Education (DfE) to help them develop best practice models in early years settings for Paediatric First Aid.

Take a look at our case study and video:

Paediatric first aid case study (PDF - opens in new window)