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Promoting a healthy environment for children. The role of the practitioner in working towards a healthy lifestyle and environment for children The legislation which supports the right of children to a healthy lifestyle Factors which may affect children

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Unit 6 - Promoting a healthy environment for children For this unit, I need to collate a portfolio of research into certain topics. The topics are: * The role of the practitioner in working towards a healthy lifestyle and environment for children * The legislation which supports the right of children to a healthy lifestyle * Factors which may affect children's health and well-being at differing times in their lives * How these factors may affect children's health * The routines and activities for children which promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle * Planning and implementing routines which promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle E.1 One aspect which the practitioner helps to promote in the setting is a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle simply means that the way you are day to day, which makes you feel physically and mentally fit and well. There are a few aspects which link to a healthy lifestyle. One is having a balanced diet. A balanced diet means eating the right amount of foods from the five main food groups (Appendix 1.1). These include: * Fruit and vegetables * Bread, cereals and potatoes * Milk and dairy products * Fats and sugars * Meat, fish and alternatives (Appendix 2.1) ...read more.


* It also improves mental health and helps prevent depression. Childhood obesity is a growing global concern and physical exercise may help decrease the effects of childhood obesity in developed countries. There are many aspects of exercise. These include: * Indoor exercise * Outdoor exercise * Activities i.e. dance, gym, swimming, rugby * Outdoor play At my setting, some of the children do indoor exercise. This can range from dance to gym. The children do dance once a week with a qualified dance teacher who comes into the setting. She bases her lessons around different stories, and as it is Christmas soon, the children have been dancing to frosty the snowman and the night before Christmas for example. The children enjoy this activity, as it enables them to jump around and to move around the hall. The children also do gym once a week, if they want to as well. Once again they do this with a qualified gym teacher who comes into the setting. Their lesson is based outside, weather permitting, and they do a range of activities. This can include: * Football * Hula hoops * Skipping * Running games i.e. traffic lights, the bean game The children enjoy this session because they get to move around and jump around to release their energy. ...read more.


Sleeping routine After lunch, the children who tend to go to sleep go to the back room, where two practitioners are setting up the beds and the cots and get out the covers for the children. Then the practitioner undress the child, and they either sleep in there nappy and babygro, or in their top and nappy. Soft music is played in the background and the staffs are allocated so many children, depending on how many there is. The practitioner then rubs the children's back or pats it to try and get them off to sleep. Sometimes the practitioner might gently stroke their head or nose, it depends on each child. It can sometimes take quite a while to get all the children off to sleep. It tends to depend on how many children there is, and if the child is sleepy or not. When I helped with the sleepers, it took about 45 minutes to get all of the children off to sleep. The practitioner then records in a book, what time the child went to sleep and what time they got up. This is then relayed to the parent, so the parent knows how long their child had been to sleep for, and can work out what time to put the child to bed in the evening. E.6 E.7 E.8 E.9 D.1 C.1 B.1 A ?? ?? ?? ?? Louise Pullin 394 07/478830 Merton College ...read more.

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