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“Little Healthy Rascals”

Published: 04/05/2017

Little Rascals Playgroup in Connah’s Quay is celebrating after becoming the first playgroup in Flintshire to complete the Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme. The playgroup staff worked with children and parents to improve in the six areas which the scheme covers: · Nutrition and Oral Health · Physical Activity/Active Play · Mental and Emotional Health, Wellbeing and Relationships · Environment · Safety · Hygiene · Workplace Health and Wellbeing It is a national scheme managed by Public Health Wales, coordinated in Flintshire as an extension to the Healthy Schools Scheme. Little Rascals has been involved in the Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme since 2013, receiving support with resources, training and advice. They have been able to promote hygiene, physical activity, healthy eating and social skills with the children in their care. Sunray Day Nursery, Nercwys, Childminder Amanda Calloway from Treuddyn, and St Winefrides Playgroup Holywell, have also recently completed all aspects of the Scheme. Flintshire County Council’s Chief Officer for Education and Youth, Ian Budd, said: “Healthy habits are established in the early years, making early-years professionals the ideal people to encourage healthy living. This has the potential to make a huge contribution to the health and wellbeing of children in their care. The Healthy and Sustainable Pre-school Scheme helps them to do this. The staff in all of the settings have shown real commitment to the scheme and the children’s wellbeing and deserve recognition for their hard work.”