What is a Healthy School?
The National Healthy Schools Programme has four themes. The four core themes relate to both the school curriculum and the emotional and physical learning environment in school. Each theme includes a number of criteria that schools need to fulfil in order to achieve National Healthy School Status. Although each theme covers a different area, they are all delivered using the whole school approach so the basic requirements are the same.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education, including SRE and Drugs Education (including alcohol, tobacco and volatile substance abuse)
PSHE contributes significantly to all five national outcomes for children and young people: being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and economic wellbeing. PSHE provides children and young people with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their lives.
Healthy eating contributes significantly to the ‘being healthy’ national outcome for children and young people.
Children and young people have the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding to make healthy food choices.
Healthy and nutritious food and drink is available throughout the school day.
Physical activity contributes significantly to the ‘being healthy’ national outcome for children.
Children/young people are provided with a range of opportunities to be physically active. They understand how physical activity can help them to be more healthy, and how physical activity can improve and be a part of their everyday life.
Healthy Early Years
In achieving the awards, the early years setting has demonstrated good practice by demonstrating the following:
• Promoting the health and wellbeing of all children, staff and parents/carers
• Understanding the importance of investing in health to raise levels of achievement for children
• Providing a safe, comfortable and secure environment for children, staff and parents/carers
• Involving parents/carers in health-related activities within the setting, and linking health-related messages to life at home
• Working in partnership with local agencies and the wider community to promote health and support children and their families
• Promoting health in the workplace by providing choices, support and opportunities for all staff
• Meeting the requirements of national and local statutory guidance.
Activities are continuously planned, assessed and evaluated to ensure the quality of learning in the following areas:
• Healthy Eating (including breastfeeding, oral health and food safety and hygiene)
• Physical Activity
• Emotional Wellbeing
• Safety (including child protection and immunisations).