Health and Wellbeing Policy
Health is part of everyday life and at St Mary’s Nursery we aim to ensure that all children acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes which have a positive effect on their health and wellbeing. It is the aim of this policy to raise the awareness of the importance of our health and wellbeing for all service users.
St. Mary’s Nursery strives to provide a health promoting environment for staff, children and extended families. We promote individual, family and community responsibility for health. By embedding these beliefs in all that we do we will enable children to realise their full physical, psychological and social potential and increase self-esteem.
We promote good working relationships staff/staff, staff/child, staff/parent:carers and develop very good relationships/working practices with partner agencies. (SALT, health visitors etc.)
Aims and Objectives
Through the learning of health and wellbeing staff will enable the children to:
- Make informed decisions in order to improve their mental, emotional,
social and physical wellbeing now and in the future
- Experience challenge and enjoyment.
- Experience positive aspects of healthy living and activity for themselves.
- Apply their mental, emotional, social and physical skills to pursue a
- Make a successful move to the next stage of education.
- Establish a pattern of health and wellbeing which will be sustained into
- Our children’s views and experiences are taken into account when planning activities/topic.
- Our Children are guided to follow a healthy lifestyle through a variety of activities (setting the table, smile too, hand hygiene, sun safety, road safety)
- Our Children have the opportunity daily to engage in outdoor play and experience challenge in the outdoor environment through ECO activities and Forrest Kindergarten initiative.
- Our children are encouraged to look after each other and follow our friendship code.
- Staff have a working knowledge of current legislation pertaining to an early years environment.
- Staff display a strong work ethic and are very good role models.
Monitoring and Evaluating Progress/Achievements.
- Each child has an individual care plan.
- Each child has a keyworker available on a daily basis.
- Ferre Laever observations carried out twice over the year.
- Parents/carers are encouraged to share in their child’s learning and the wider events within nursery.
- Learning Journey collated by children and staff catalogue a child’s progress & achievements.
- Progress by children will be seen in how well they are developing and applying knowledge & understanding, developing skills in healthy living & relationships and in assessing risk and decision making. (all age and stage appropriate)
- Weekly Star of the week award & praise stickers used appropriately.
Health & Wellbeing of Staff.
- Staff meetings are held weekly where individuals can air their views and seek support from each other.
- Staff appraisals are conducted annually where CPD and additional responsibilities are discussed along with decisions affecting their professional practice.
- Annual well-being conversations with Minister and Head of Centre.
- Social events, staff lunches are encouraged throughout the year where staff can socialise together.
Links with Families and the Community.
- St Mary’s Nursery School value and welcome the relationships that are developed with parents and carers. We use many methods to communicate: daily conversations, white board, notice boards, newsletters, Facebook, Web Site, text. We consult and engage families with nursery life: as helpers, sharing hobbies/professions, working groups.
- Parents/carers/extended families and the wider community are involved with reviewing priorities/ practice and with working groups: ECO schools, Forrest kindergarten etc.
- St Mary’s Nursery share links with the local community. We encourage all children to be considerate to others and adults to be good role models.
- Data protection is paramount, all staff handle sensitive information concerning individuals and treat conversations with parents/carers with appropriate discretion. Mary’s Nursery will deal sensitively with children’s, parents/carers needs and concerns. An effective complains procedure is available to all stakeholders.
National Guidelines for Nutrition – Setting the Table
Health & Social Care Standards: 1, 2, 5
HGIOELC: 1.4, 2.2, 3.1,
BtA: 2.2, 6.5, 7.2, 7.4, 7.5