Bright Little Stars in Stanmore have become the first nursery in Harrow to achieve gold in the Mayor of London’s Healthy Early Years London Award (HEYL).
HEYL is an awards scheme funded by the Mayor of London which supports and recognises achievements in child health, wellbeing, and development in early years settings.
HEYL complements and enhances the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage framework, adding to the focus on children, families, and staff health and wellbeing.
Ruby Tilley, Nursery Manager at the Stanmore branch said: “I am delighted to announce the achievement of our Gold Award. Since 2019 we have been working with our staff, children, and families to promote the importance of a Healthy Lifestyle. I am so proud that we are the first day nursery in Harrow to attain this award and finally showcase all our hard work to everyone.
“A massive well done to the whole staff team who have been incorporating this in their everyday practice.
“This does not stop here as we will still be striving to accomplish more positive changes and continue supporting our children’s wellbeing and happiness.”
Dianne Borien, Harrow Borough lead for Healthy Early Years London, expressed: “A big congratulations to Bright Little Stars Stanmore who are the first day nursery in Harrow to achieve their Gold Healthy Early Years London award!
“They have demonstrated excellent practice in promoting the twelve Health, Wellbeing, and Education Priorities, which I witnessed first hand when visiting the nursery.
“This excellent practice is impacting on the outcomes of children, families, staff, and future children and families. Well done to all those involved, a fantastic achievement.”
Bright Little Stars added: “We are incredibly passionate about teaching our children how to be healthy. We work in partnership with a qualified nutritionist to create recipes and menus and are very proud of the food that we provide.
“We love finding new and exciting ways to incorporate food in our classrooms and encourage the children to grow fruit and vegetables that they can use to cook with.
Since 2019 we have taken part in Healthy Early Years London (HEYL), an awards scheme funded by the Mayor of London where there are 4 levels of Awards to work towards- HEYL First Steps, Bronze, Silver, and Gold.”
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