Healthy lifestyle proves to be child’s play

Coun Cath Hill (centre) with local children's centre representatives who received awards at the Hindpool Close Children's Centre
Coun Cath Hill (centre) with local children's centre representatives who received awards at the Hindpool Close Children's Centre

FIVE childcare providers in Hartlepool have been rewarded for their commitment to encouraging people to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Hindpool Children’s Centre & Kiddikins Nursery, Lynnfield Children’s Centre, Seaton Carew Nursery, Starfish Nursery and Playmates Nursery have all gained the Hartlepool Healthy Early Years (HHEY) award.

The award is open to children’s centres, private day nurseries and childminders in the town and aims to encourage children, their families, staff and visitors to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Each of the five providers received a plaque to mark their achievement.

They have developed a number of activities promoting good health including working towards The Golden Apple award.

It has seen day care menus and snacks become healthier and staff take part in nutritional and food presentation training.

They have also got children, parents and staff involved in planting, growing and preparing foods.

Information on sun safety, road safety and healthy eating has also been made available for parents.

Care providers must meet a variety of requirements covering personal, social and emotional development, healthy eating, physical activity, staying safe and a healthy setting.

Coun Cath Hill, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “I would like to congratulate all five locations for achieving the HHEY award.

“It is so important to instil good health practices into people at a young age.

“Care providers who meet the HHEY requirements are able to display a plaque and this demonstrates to parents that their children are being well looked after in a healthy and positive setting.”

HHEY co-ordinator with Hartlepool Borough Council, Mel Calvert, added: “Receiving this award is recognition that health and well being are at the top of the agenda.

“All five have approached the award with great enthusiasm and have been very creative involving children, parents and staff.”