Healthy Early Years programme gets off to a flying start in Bromley

Published Monday, 29 October 2018

People in group celebrating receiving certificates

Bromley Children Project hosted a fun event at Blenheim Children and Family Centre on 23 October 2018 to celebrate the success of local early years providers in actively promoting healthy lifestyles.

The launch of Healthy Early Years London in Bromley saw all six of Bromley’s Children and Family Centres achieve a bronze award along with a further seven award winners for their contribution to getting children off to a good healthy start in life. Though the programme has only been running for a few months, the number of bronze awards in Bromley at 13 contributes significantly to the total throughout London at 27. It is now hoped that settings will move on to silver and finally gold. These awards were the culmination of on ongoing pan-London initiative which aims to support and encourage early years’ settings and childminders to develop their focus on health and wellbeing to support the achievement, education and happiness of young children.

Bromley’s programme is a collaboration between the Early Intervention and Family Support services (Bromley Children Project), Bromley’s Early Years Team, including Special Educational Needs outreach, Public Health and Road Safety teams. The celebratory day was attended by early years providers, parents and children who all enjoyed fun events including sporting challenges for the children, musical events, soft play and healthy food demonstrations.

Bronze and silver certificates were presented to those reaching the set goals. Award winners had to show how they make a real difference to the lives of young people in Bromley through their approach to healthy life skills, including diet, emotional wellbeing and exercise. Achievements included: setting up water stations for families to fill bottles before they leave, children growing vegetables, swapping dried fruit for fresh, creating displays on sugar content and signing up for air quality alerts.

Certificates were awarded by Councillor Nicky Dykes and Bromley Council’s Deputy Chief Executive Ade Adetosoye.

Councillor Nicky Dykes said: “These wonderful events serve as a real reminder of how we can all give our children the very best start in life. As a parent myself, I know how important it is to get into good habits right from the start. The sort of start young people experience can have a real impact on their future, so we owe it to our next generation to help them be the very best they can. My thanks go to everyone who has worked so hard to demonstrate some of the ways we can do this and in particular to the fine work of the Early Years Team and Bromley Children Project.”

Picture Shows: Councillor Nicky Dykes and Deputy Chief Executive Ade Adetosoye (centre front) with Bromley award winners in the Healthy Early Years London initiative at the celebratory event held at Blenheim Children and Family Centre in Orpington.

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Notes to editors:

The full list of winners is as follows:

Bronze:

  • Biggin Hill Children & Family Centre
  • Blenheim Children & Family Centre
  • Blenheim Children’s Centre Nursery
  • Burnt Ash Children & Family Centre
  • Castlecombe Children & Family Centre
  • Community Vision Children & Family Centre
  • Cotmandene Children & Family Centre
  • Ladybird Nursery Beckenham
  • Lisa Jennings – Childminder
  • Shelley Tots Pre-school
  • Tiddlywinks Pre-school – Poverest
  • Tracy Griffin – Childminder
  • Judy’s Childcare – Childminder

Silver:

• Judy’s Childcare – Childminder