Alice Page – Health and Wellbeing Coordinator (HAWC)
BSc in Sport and Exercise Science
Good health and wellbeing is central to effective learning and preparation for independence. Learning through health and wellbeing promotes confidence, independent thinking and positive attitudes and dispositions. Within the nursery we take a holistic approach to promoting health and wellbeing, which takes account of the age, stage of growth, development and maturity of each individual child. It is the responsibility of every practitioner within the nursery to contribute to learning and development in health and wellbeing with regards to mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing to enable all children to be successful learners and confident individuals.
Children develop a good understanding of hygiene through well planned and resourced lessons, modelling and free flow activities. They learn how and why they must wash hands before meal times and after using the toilet, to cover their months when they cough and learn why we need to keep not only ourselves clean but our environment too; including toys.
Children are encouraged to try foods from other countries and cultures, this is shown by our menu and activities provided for the children. We feel by encouraging this, children can experience different tastes and textures which broaden their knowledge of different food. Children help to prepare snack and clear away after. During snack and mealtimes, the food is placed in serving dishes and the children are encouraged to serve themselves. Staff sit and eat with the children using this as an enjoyable social time.
At the nursery children develop an excellent understanding of the links between healthy eating and healthy living. We do this by providing fresh, nutritious food prepared on the nursery premises by our cooks. Staff speak with children and help them to understand why it is good for them and teach them about healthy practises. The children enjoy planting their own fruit and vegetables, care for the plants and when ready they help prepare them for a meal.
To encourage the children to be active we promote free flow play in all weathers, additional activities include weekly Yoga sessions with our trained Nursery Yoga Teacher. Through our yoga programme children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation and inner fulfilment, increasing their self-esteem and body awareness.