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Healthy Under 5s

Certificate for continued support of Healthy Under 5’s

We are a healthy under fives setting.

Healthy Under 5s aims to encourage and support all early years childcare providers to become health promoting environments and encourage healthy lifestyles from an early age.

Early years providers are in a unique position to highlight the importance of health and wellbeing to children, parents, carers and even grandparents. Healthy Under 5s is designed to celebrate topics that providers may already be championing and explore new areas that could be included.

The Healthy Under 5s give us useful tips and advice in the following areas:

Health promotion topics:

  •         Healthy eating
  •         Dental health
  •         Physical activity
  •         Emotional health and wellbeing
  •         Accident prevention


By being part of Healthy Under 5’s we as a setting are part of a the following health promotions:

Sun Safe Nurseries

Lullaby Trust

Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark (MARM)

Sugar Smart

Child Accident Prevention Trust CAPT

Weekly healthy Under 5’s advice:

Child Accident Prevention Trust information on Burns and Scalds

It often comes as a surprise to parents just how easily a young child can badly burn themselves. Because their skin is more delicate than an adult’s, a baby or toddler is more at risk from serious burns.

“Everyone in the burns unit was there because of an accident. None of them were born that way and they hadn’t developed a disease to make them disfigured. In a split second their whole life changed.” 

According to recent data from the The Children’s Burns Trust, the NHS services treat more than 30 babies and toddlers with a hot drink burn every day.  That’s over 10,000 babies and toddlers a year!

A cup of tea could be the most dangerous thing in your lounge. Any hot drink can scald a baby even 15 minutes after it’s been made.

In fact, 95% of all childhood burns and scalds happen at home. Most are caused in the day-to-day situations that many parents don’t anticipate, like children reaching a hot drink or grabbing hair straighteners. We have highlighted some of the other dangers in and around the home and some tips on how to prevent injury.

Preventing burns and scalds

In the kitchen

There’s more to watch out for than just the oven – kettles, hot drinks and saucepans can all burn. Young children can climb on chairs and counters and may often reach higher than you think.

Saucepans can seem like fun things to try to grab. Turning the saucepan handles away from the edge of the counter or cooker and using the back rings keeps them out of reach of little hands.

Kettle cords are also a temptation, but if you push the cord to the back of the worktop, or use a kettle with a short or curly flex, you will be able to keep them out of reach.

Hot drinks can easily be knocked over or grabbed by little fingers, and a cup of tea can burn even 15 minutes after it’s been made. So put your baby or child down before picking up your hot drink, avoid passing them over children’s heads and keep them out of reach of children.

Hobs and hotplates can all stay hot even after they’ve been turned off, and oven doors can be very hot when the oven is on. You can teach children how to behave safely around them, but they might not understand or remember the danger so it’s best to keep them away.

Microwaves don’t heat things in the same way as a cooker. Avoid warming babies’ bottles in the microwave, the milk may heat up unevenly leaving spots of very hot milk which can scald your baby’s mouth. Use a warmer or jug of hot water instead. Shake the bottle well after warming and test to make sure it’s lukewarm not hot.

Chip pans can easily cause fires! If you don’t want to switch to oven chips, or use an electric deep-fat fryer, make sure you only fill your pan 1/3 full and keep an eye on it.

Matches, cigarette lighters and candles are grown-up objects. Toddlers and young children can find them fascinating. It’s safest to keep matches, lighters and candles out of their reach and sight. If you can lock them away, even better. Remember that even though lighters are child-resistant, many 3 and 4 year olds will be able to operate them in a few seconds – and the child-resistant mechanism is no barrier for older children.

Child Accident Prevention Trust information on chocking

Child Accident Prevention Trust safety advice on Bikes

Keeping kids safe on bikes

Most children love to cycle, and it’s a great way for them to keep fit and healthy.

With a few safety tips, you can help them learn to cycle safely.

Cycling with babies, toddlers and very young children

Before children are ready to try riding a bike themselves, you can take them out on a bike yourself using a baby cycle seat.

Look for a child bike seat that conforms to British Standard number BS EN 14344:2004.

Seats are suitable for children of different weights, so make sure your child is within the weight range of the seat you choose.

Before you cycle for the first time with the extra weight of a child on board, it’s a good idea to have a go in a safe place where there’s no traffic.

You should also make sure both of you are wearing cycle helmets and high-visibility clothing.

Your child’s first bike

By the age of five, many children will have started riding a tricycle, bicycle, bike with stabilisers or a balance bike.

Kids’ bike helmets are a must every time they go cycling as they can prevent serious head injuries if your child falls off or crashes into something.

It will also help children get into the habit of wearing a helmet if they see the adults around them wearing bicycle helmets.

Local parks and gardens can be safe places to ride until children are old enough to cycle on the road.

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