Hartlepool nursery is in healthy shape

DELIGHT: Claire Wainwright (right) manager of Little Treasures Day Nursery with staff and children.
DELIGHT: Claire Wainwright (right) manager of Little Treasures Day Nursery with staff and children.

A TOWN nursery has been recognised for its efforts towards health and safety with a regional award.

Little Treasures Day Nursery was presented with a Bronze Award in the North East Better Health at Work scheme, run by Hartlepool Borough Council’s public health department.

We went on a sponsored walk to show the children the values of exercise and getting out and about, we taught them about healthy snacks as alternatives to sweets and crisps, and we held a plain train session, where parents could use the gym in the centre while the children were in the nursery.

Claire Wainwright, Little Treasures Day Nursery

Staff from the nursery, which is based in Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre, were given their award at a ceremony held at Middlesbrough FC’s Riverside Stadium.

Claire Wainwright, nursery co-ordinator, said: “We had to present a portfolio of evidence of everything we did and we had a year to do it.

“We held activities through the year where we got the parents and children involved and we had to identify how we could improve.

“We went on a sponsored walk to show the children the values of exercise and getting out and about, we taught them about healthy snacks as alternatives to sweets and crisps and we held a plain train session, where parents could use the gym in the centre while the children were in the nursery.”

The nursery faced an anxious wait after submitting their portfolio to be verified, but received the good news a couple of months ago.

Claire added: “We got an email in January saying we were successful and we were very happy that we passed it.

“The parents were really pleased too and it’s great to have their effort acknowledged.

“I want to thank all of the staff, parents and children for making it such an enjoyable experience.”

Now after achieving the Bronze Award, the nursery is already targeting the next step up and has enrolled for the Silver Award, which they are hoping to achieve in December.

For more information about the scheme, visit www.betterhealthatworkne.org