Child Health and Well Being

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Aim:
The objective of the ECCE programme is to make early learning in a formal setting available to eligible children in the year before they commence primary school. To achieve this, services participating in the pre-school year are required to provide age-appropriate activities and programmes to children within a particular age group.

Well-being - a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous

Aistear: Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years in Ireland. Exploring & Thinking: Children will learn about their environment around them. They will develop skills that will help with observing, understanding and problem solving. Explore ways in how to express their feelings.

Positive attitudes towards their learning and development
Well-Being: To be strong psychologically and socially.
To be healthy and fit and have a positive outlook on learning Communicating: Non-verbal-through body language
Uses of body language express themselves through verbal talking. Have a creative imagination
Identity and Belonging: Feels like he belongs in a group.
Express their rights and show identity of others in his/hers rights.

Factors contributing to well-being of children
An ECCE worker can provide a healthy and safe environment for children by Promote their well-being and help them to develop their unique potential. These include the right: To be safe.
To be protected and live free from violence, abuse or harm (this includes witnessing violence and abuse). To express their views and to have them taken into account in matters that affect them. To have decisions that will affect them made in their best interests. To be treated with dignity, respect and fairness.

To be free from discrimination, bullying and harassment of any kind. To offer praise and encouragement

Roles and responsibilities of ECCE worker in health of children: It is the policy ECCE workers to promote a healthy lifestyle through prevention of illness and establishing healthy eating patterns. It is policy to comply with current regulations including the Child Care (pre School Services) Regulations 1996 and Food Hygiene Regulations Illness. They are addressed by the workers ensuring, Children or adults with infectious illnesses should not attend school. In order to limit the spread of infection, if a child becomes ill during the night, they should not be brought to school the next day. If a child is kept away from the school due to an infectious illness, the school should be informed in order to monitor other children who may have been exposed. The service will inform other parents whose children may have been exposed. Confidentiality will be respected. If a child becomes ill while attending school, parents must be informed immediately and the child must be picked up within an hour. Children who have head lice will not be excluded from school but parents must treat the lice and notify us of the outbreak. Minor injuries

All children will fall and hurt themselves during their young lives. Our Staff are trained in first aid and are also trained to ensure that risks are limited within the children’s day. However, accidents do happen. In the event of an accident, staff will clean, bathe and dress a child’s wound. An incident/Accident report will be written up. A copy of the report will be available for the parent to read and keep and one is kept on file in the office.

Nutrition: School children are still growing. Growth requires exercise and a healthy diet. The food pyramid is a good guidance of what children should be eating during the day. Plan meals that provide the recommended servings a day. Depending on the age and size of the children. They need approximately 1,000-1,400 calories a day by following the food pyramid. Protein: Protein is important for growth, repair, essential hormones and enzymes in the body. When energy intake is...
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