Healthy Schools is a national initiative to support young people to develop in a healthy and happy environment. It is an externally moderated award given to those schools who show they are meeting a range of criteria. The following aspects of the programme are relevant to Early Years provision:
- Healthy Eating includes healthy and nutritious foods being made in school canteens and available in schools as well as enabling young people to make informed decisions about healthy food.
- Physical Activity encourages young people to do physical activity as well as being given opportunities to be physically active. It helps understanding on how physical activity can make people healthier and can improve life as well as being part of it.
- Emotional Health and Well-being, including bullying, how to express feelings build confidence and emotional strength. It is the promotion of positive emotional health and well-being.