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Healthy first for Flintshire nursery

Published: 09/06/2016

Rocking Horse Day Nursery in Broughton is the first nursery in Flintshire to have successfully completed the Healthy and Sustainable Pre School Scheme. This is a national scheme managed by Public Health Wales, coordinated in Flintshire as an extension to the Healthy Schools Scheme. Pre-school settings actively work to promote and protect all aspects of health including physical activity, nutrition and oral, emotional and social, safety, hygiene and the wellbeing of their staff. Working through 7 different themes the staff at Rocking Horse have been demonstrating how they provide opportunities to be as healthy as they can but also how they teach the children about what it takes to be healthy. They met the criteria for all of the themes by providing evidence that they consider health and wellbeing through all that they do including their policies, leadership, ethos & environment and through their families and community. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Services, Councillor Christine Jones, said: “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 settings have the potential to make a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing of children in their care and the Healthy and Sustainable Pre-school Scheme helps them to do this. The staff and management have shown real commitment to the scheme and being the first in the area to complete, it just shows their passion for the children’s wellbeing.” Pictured from left are Evelyn Aindow, Manager, and Claire Davies who coordinated the scheme, with staff and children from Rocking Horse Day Nursery.