Unit CCLD 307 Promote the health and physical development of children
- When planning an indoor and outdoor activities what opportunities do you provide to allow children to practice physical skills and develop competence in co-ordination, gross and fine motor skills? bikes and trikes, water play, sand play, a slide, woodwork, large blocks, junk modeling, gardening, painting, chalking, sticking, cutting, cooking
- How do you ensure children are appropriately dressed for activities, both indoor and outdoor? jumpers and coats in winter, light clothes, suncream and sunhats in summer, wellingtons and all over protection when playing in mud or water, aprons for cooking and painting
- How you ensure that the activities that you provide are in line with the overall planning of the setting? check the planning to see what the objectives are for the activity, talk to colleagues, check the EYFS outcomes
- How and why is it important for children to rest and recover after physical exercise? How: In accordance to the age of the child: let them have a sleep, have a quiet area where they can go to rest Why: To stop them becoming overtired, to help them recharge their batteries, to stop them over exerting themselves, to help them to calm/cool down, to give them a chance to reflect on the activities they have been doing before they move onto the next activity
- When planning and providing food and drink how you meet the needs of the children to include dietary and nutritional needs, follow government guidelines on healthy eating, involve children in planning and preparation of snacks, encourage healthy choices and how you document any information regarding food allergies, dietary requirements, food preferences When planning and providing food and drink how you meet the needs of the children to include dietary and nutritional needs Some children have allergies, some have religious restrictions to their diet eg halal, some children are vegetarian/vegan, children have foods which they dislike Follow government guidelines on healthy eating Check these out on the government website, have a copy of these handy or on display to refer to. Write these into your settings policy. Involve children in planning and preparation of snacks Ask children for their preferences, ask them to wash and chop up the snacks, give them out, help to clear up how you document any information regarding food allergies, dietary requirements, food preferences This information should be on new starter forms filled in by parents/carers and should be kept in the child's file. A notice containing this information can also be put up on display for quick reference purposes - when promoting childrens healthy physical development, how you provide opportunities for children to learn about how their bodies work and their health needs? - how you discuss these needs with the children, according to their age and stage of development
Talk to children about how they have changed since they were babies: get them to bring in a picture of themselves as babies and them now and make a display so they can see the changes for themselves, talk about what they need in order to grow and be healthy eg exercise, eating healthy foods and drinking healthy drinks, getting enough sleep, cleaning their teeth, staying clean, looking after their hair. Bring in lots of different fruits or fruit juices into the setting and have a tasting session. Make a bar graph to show which is their favourite/least favourite. Give the children an outline of a plate or lunchbox and get them to draw a healthy meal. Ask the children what they think would happen if they just ate chips, burgers, sweets and crisps and just drank fizzy drinks. Talk to the children about all the different exercise they could do eg play football, tennis, swimming, walking, find out which they like doing. Talk about what the children can do to look after themselves eg brush their hair, clean their teeth, wash their face, eat breakfast - have a fun session singing and miming "this is the way we brush our hair, brush our hair, brush our hair, this is the way we wash our hair, early in the morning".
- how you support children to make healthy choices and provide information regarding government guidelines and best practice? How you support children to make healthy choices By providing healthy snacks and having healthy drinks available to them. By providing cooking activities for the children. By providing healthy meals for them. By putting up displays showing healthy foods and drinks. By explaining the consequences of unhealthy choices. By encouraging children to exercise. By making children aware of ways in which they can look after themselves eg getting enough sleep. By providing books etc which provide positive images of healthy people. By being a good role model. Provide information regarding government guidelines and best practice By sending home leaflets about the menu you are providing, by having leaflets available to parents or on noticeboards about non-smoking, healthy eating, exercise, teeth cleaning, not watching too much television etc - how you ensure that children with chronic illnesses or physical disabilities can participate in discussions and activities By making sure that these children have the opportunity to take part and that their contribution is valued - what is meant by challenging activities and the link with developmental progress?
A challenging activity is something that a child may find hard to do at the moment, but if they practice and keep trying they are likely to succeed at it. This is according to a child's age, needs and abilities. Developmental progress is made when a child is able to do something now that a week ago they may have found challenging eg dressing themselves or going to the toilet on their own. It means that one challenging activity has been achieved and that the child can move on to the next challenge
- the importance of good oral hygiene and how you promote this
the importance of good oral hygiene Good oral hygiene is important because it prevents rotten teeth, bad breath, teeth extractions, it gets the child into good habits, it promotes independence. how you promote this having a speaker come into the setting to talk about and demonstrate good oral hygiene (usually they have a crocodile puppet with big teeth), and the consequences of not looking after their teeth properly. Provide free toothbrushes. Have a healthy teeth display. Provide leaflets giving information. Provide the phone number of a local dentist on the notice board. Read story books about going to the dentist. Talk about your/their experiences of going to the dentist. Have a dentist visit the setting.