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Promoting a healthy environment for children

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Unit 6 - Promoting A Healthy Environment For Children CACHE Level 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma In Child Care and Education * E1) Practitioners can work on promoting and maintain a healthy lifestyle and environment by: * Allowing children to have a balanced diet, this can be done by encouraging children to eat their five-a-day. By reading books and poems that they can join into, this will help children to remember the importance of having a balanced diet. By having fruit and vegetables provided for the children in school, helps them to eat at least on piece a day. The School Fruit & Vegetable scheme is a programme that helps to increase fruit & vegetable intake. This is important as each child deserves a healthy start in life as it may influence their health in the future. The School Fruit & Vegetable Scheme states: "By providing four to six year old children with an extra portion of fruit or vegetable each school day, along with a positive and enjoyable experience of eating fruit and vegetables, the scheme encourages children to develop positive attitudes towards fruit and vegetables." (www.dh.gov.uk) * If a child is allowed regular exercise it allows motivation of brain activity, aids the digestive system, develops bone density and maintains it and strengths the muscles. Physical activities such as practical training, P.E., climbing frames and riding bikes help children to develop social skills as they are playing with each other. The British Heart Foundation proposes "That children and young people need at least one hour of moderate activity a day." This does not have to be done at one time, but can be at different times during the day. As young children are still developing practitioners should allow them to have a stop-start approach to exercise, when children are feeling tired they should be allowed to sit down and rest for the amount of time they want before getting up and playing again. ...read more.

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What will the children be doing?) Throughout the morning there will be a range of activities, the teenagers will first fill out a questionnaire of what they know about STIs and how they think they are transmitted. After this they would be presented with a PowerPoint presentation about STIs. They will then get into groups of four and discuss what they have just seen and learnt. In addition to this in their groups of four, they will have to make a poster on a chosen STI, leaflets and handouts will be given to them. After given the teenagers one hour to do that they would be allowed to feedback to the rest of the class. This allows the whole class to gain more knowledge and as it is group work allows the shyest of teenager participate. Resources: Leaflets/Handouts Felt tips A3 sugar paper PowerPoint presentation http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/SexualHealth/Pages/Sexualhealthhome.aspx http://www.condomessentialwear.co.uk/ http://www.ruthinking.co.uk/ http://sexperienceuk.channel4.com/ Key vocabulary/ questions: STIs How will individual needs be met? (Differentiation) By allowing children to walk out the class if they don't feel comfortable. Plenary? (How will you bring the activity to a close? How will you focus on the purpose of the activity?) Get the teenagers to fill out a questionnaire about what they have learnt throughout the morning. Give them leaflets about different STI's and allow the posters they have done to be put up so to inform over teenagers, this will also allow them to feel that their work is appreciated and it wasn't just a pointless activity. D1) Routines can promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle: * Mealtime routines support healthy eating as once babies are weaned, it is important for them to eat a variety of healthy foods. As babies are still developing their sense of taste it is important this is when it happens. As children get older they will have more of a preference of what they would like to eat, but new foods could still be introduced if the child helps to prepare them, this would also help them improve their self-confidence as they are eating something that they helped to make. ...read more.

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The trip to the park helped them to have a daily dose of exercise. The cultural and social factors that were considered is that no child is discriminated against, that none of the children where there were made to feel left out and that their opinions and needs were respected, so they were treated as individuals. No matter what their race, religion, age or ability. For the first experience we made sure that it was appropriate for the children's age. The social factors that were considered were to make sure that they interacted with each other and us as the practitioners; we made sure that they held the practitioner hand so they were safe. We also made sure that they were interacting with other children and not just their usual circle of friends, by doing this the children got to build new relationships. It was important that children listened and followed the instructions and directions that were given to them by the practitioners; as if the instructions were not followed properly the children's life could be put in danger. I feel that I was effective in both experiences as I asked the children questions, on the way back and asked them what they had remembered from the trip on the way back. I was able to follow the instructions given to me in a calm manner and explain to my supervisor how both experiences were when I returned. The children listened and interacted to each other and to us as practitioners without any problems. The fact that they were both small group I was able to give the children support and the attention they needed, which helps them with their concentration and listening skills. During both experiences I was able to interact with the children and staff and monitor the behaviour and what was happening with the children's progress. * ?? * * ?? * * ?? * * ?? * ...read more.

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This is a good essay that looks at a variety of aspects of a child care setting and how to promote a healthy lifestyle.

It is quite descriptive and would benefit from more discussion in places. There are some examples to support the work but other areas would benefit from more application.

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