Unit 14 (14.3) Explain how to promote children’s health and well being in early year’s work setting 3.1
Children learn and develop best when they are healthy, safe and secure, when their individual needs are met and when they have positive relationships with the adults caring for them. We promote health and well being in our setting by providing children with activities indoor and outdoor. We provide a bright and light environment full of different activities set out in two different areas of the school in two separate rooms. We provide activities child-led and adult-led, all children are encouraged to get involved and treated equally. The activities will help to stimulate a child’s mind and help them to gain new experiences to help develop all their skills. The temperature of the room is important and ideally would be between 18-21 degrees. If a room temperature is too high it would help spread bacteria. We provide physical development and this is to help strengthen their muscles and also strengthens their heart, lungs and bones to. When we exercise it helps strengthen all the parts of our body which helps us to keep fit and also healthy. Being able to keep active helps to stimulate other parts of the body as it is good for our mind, body and soul. When we do physical exercise the blood pumps round our body at a faster rate which increase the heart rate and helps to strengthen the muscles around the heart. Physical activities can be held in door or outdoors. We have an outside play area in our setting and have daily activities outside to help development children’s physical strength. We provide bikes and scooters for children to use and this helps strengthen their legs muscles for pushing themselves around, body core for balance and steering to strengthen their hands and arms. We also have a Caterpillar climbing frame so the children can climb and jump off, this helps strengthen their muscles and also gives a child the importance of balancing risk and make them think about how high they may be, as a practitioner we could remind a child they are higher off the ground and to bend their knees when they land, offering choices that both support and challenge. Playing outside also gives the children fresh air. Fresh air and light provides children to be able to breathe more oxygenated air, if children are in doors this means ensuring that there is adequate ventilation – which also helps prevent the spread of airborne infections, colds and viruses. Being outdoors seems to help children sleep better it also means that they have access to sunlight which can support intake of vitamin D. Lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain and tenderness as a result of a condition called osteomalacia in adults. Vitamin D sometimes called ‘Summer Vitamin’ because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Vitamin D is a fat – soluble vitamin that includes vitamin D1,D2 and D3 and can affect as many as 2000 genes in the body. It is also important to take measures to protect children’s skin from direct sunlight in hot or warm weather. We can provide sun hats in our setting although parents do provide their children with a sun hat and put sunscreen on them before they come to the setting, particularly if it is going to be a hot day. We provide a canopy outside and have put the home corner underneath this so that the children can play and learn without getting too hot. If it was of excess heat then we would monitor each child and if they appeared to be too hot we would advise they go inside to cool down as we need to put the health and well being first. The children bring their own drink which they bring into the setting but we would also provide water so that if a child has drank all their drink we provide water and milk so that they would not become dehydrated. If it has been raining and is wet outside we provide waterproofs so that their clothes remain dry, this way...
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