Promoting a Healthy Environment for Children

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E1- Collate evidence which describes the role of the practitioner in working towards a health lifestyle and environment for children The role of a practitioner is vast. To be able to promote children a healthy life style and environment there are number of aspects that need to be met such as; * Routines

* Circle time
* Posters around the school (for example posters that promote healthy eating and exercise) * Environment
* Indoor and outdoor activities
Because children are growing it is important they have regular snack times as they need calories and nutrients for them to be healthy. Good nutrition is key to your children's development and health, whether their toddler or a teenager. Providing children with healthy snacks can provide them with nutrition they need. Additionally, it is important for children to eat at least every four hours; having scheduled snack times can help them feel energized and fit. In my setting for nursery, children get to have a snack time during their break which would regularly be milk/water and a piece of fruit or vegetable. The fruit/vegetable would change everyday for example if one day they get apples the other day they would eat carrots which are healthy for the children.

Other ways of promoting children to have healthy life style would be by having posters around the school in different languages so if a child cannot read English however can read polish they would also be able to read and understand the poster, these posters can be around the school for example, in front of the school you can have posters that promote healthy eating such as eat 5 fruits a day and keep fit or posters about doing regular exercise and eating vegetables. In my setting we promote healthy eating by doing circle times or reading books to the children for example when we have circle time we talk about why it is important to eat fruit and vegetable and what would happen if we eat unhealthy food. We also talk about the good things vegetables give us and how it affects our bodies. E2- Provide information about legislation which supports the rights of children to healthy lifestyle There is significant amount of legislation that links to the health and well-being of children and their families, legislations are important as they provide a framework for services to exist. One of these legislations are Every Child Matters and the Children Act 2004 Every Child Matters has been emended with Children Act 2004, Every Child Matters is a legislation in England that protects children and promotes their welfare and well being, this includes being healthy (growing and development as well as emotional and physical well-being), staying safe (indoors and outdoors), enjoy and achieve through learning (emotional well-being) for example if the child is experiencing problems at home such as parents being divorced an action and support would be taken and given and also achieve economic well being.

Another legislation that supports healthy life style and environment for children is The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child health is now seen as a right for all children in the world. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out a list of rights that children should be entitled to. This legislation supports children and their rights of their life ‘States parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment and many more ’ (CACHE Level 3 Child Care and Education 4th edition Penny Tassoni 2007 Page 25) this shows that the legislation promotes healthy life style and environment by ensuring that all children are protected by the legislation and that they have a inherent right to life.

E3- provide information about a range of factors which may affect children’s health and well-being at differing times in their lives Poverty is seen by...
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