The government has recognised that schools and settings are the key place in which to improve both education and health. The National Healthy Schools Programme has been developed in order to facilitate this improvement.
The aims are:
To support children, parents and staff in developing healthy behaviours
To help raise children’s achievements
To help reduce health inequalities
To help promote social inclusion
The Early Years Healthy Setting Programme is a partnership between education and health in the city, and provides support for settings through a developmental process. The Early Years Healthy settings status is recognised across the region as an example of good practice.
The programme provides successful settings with an identified quality mark that is consistent across Birmingham. It sends a clear message to parents and the community as to its provision for, and commitment to, pupil’s physical and emotional well-being.
The Early Years Healthy Setting status requires settings to meet standards in four aspects using a whole setting approach involving the whole setting community. The four aspects are: