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Healthy start for children at Yale Nursery

Staff at a local nursery are celebrating after successfully completing the first phase of the Healthy and Sustainable Pre School Scheme.

The team at Yale Nursery in Coleg Cambria have been awarded accreditation for Nutrition and Oral Health 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.

The nursery will now work through seven different themes to complete the scheme.

The Healthy and Sustainable Pre School Scheme (HSPSS) launched in 2012 to promote health and wellbeing in preschool settings in Flintshire as an extension to the Healthy Schools Scheme.

Managed by Public Health Wales, the national scheme has been rolled out across Wales with set criteria that are parallel to the Welsh National Healthy School Scheme. This covers a wide range of health issues, including Nutrition and Oral Health, Physical Activity/Active Play, Mental and Emotional Health, Wellbeing and Relationships, Environment, Safety, Hygiene and Workplace Health and Wellbeing.

The scheme also supports the basic principles of the Foundation Phase and has links with programmes including Flying Start, Eco Schools and Designed to Smile (an oral health initiative).

Commenting on the accreditation, Ann Johnson, nursery manager said: “We are delighted to have completed the first phase of the Healthy and Sustainable Pre School Scheme.

“All of the staff have worked very hard to achieve this and I’m very proud of all involved.”

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