Longford childcare providers secure Healthy Ireland Smart Start Awards

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Whizzkids, Drumlish were among four county Longford childcare providers who were recently presented with Healthy Ireland Smart Start Awards

Four county Longford childcare providers were presented with their Healthy Ireland Smart Start Awards recently.

Bluebells Montessori, Longford Town; Catkins Nursery, Longford Town; Teach Leanbh, Ballinalee and Whizzkids, Drumlish are among pre-school services across Ireland who have implemented the Healthy Ireland Smart Start programme, a holistic health promotion programme for young children.

The four providers recently received their certification from the HSE.

The programme is built upon the Government’s Healthy Ireland Strategic Framework which seeks to improve the health and well-being of the nation beginning with Ireland’s youngest citizens.

Development and delivery of the programme has been a collaborative effort between the Health Promotion and Improvement Department of the HSE and the National Childhood Network (NCN).

Delivery of the programme is heavily subsidised by the HSE and supported by the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and Department of Education & Skills.

The programme is specifically designed for pre-school children aged between three and five years of age and encompasses all aspects of a healthy lifestyle: oral health, physical health, health & safety, emotional well-being & literacy as well as nutrition & healthy eating.

Denise Cormilla, CEO, NCN said, “The preschool sector has such an important role to play in promoting our children’s health and wellbeing and the Healthy Ireland Smart Start programme provides them with the information, training and resources to be able to do so very effectively.”