Platinum award gives nursery a fit of the giggles

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Mayor Angela Loughran with Ethan (3), Oliver (3), Joseph (3), Lauren (2), with Anne-Marie – Nursery teacher.
 

A nursery in Stone has achieved top marks in a scheme to improve the health of youngsters.

Children and staff from the Giggles and Wiggles nursery were presented with their platinum certificate from Stafford Borough Mayor, Councillor Angela Loughran. They were joined at the ceremony by Turtles nursery who achieved bronze in the nurturing health scheme.

The nurseries have been working with Stafford Borough Council to reach the awards which recognise their work in promoting a healthy lifestyle for children and families.

Part of the scheme is creating varied and balanced menus which target the needs of youngsters under five years old.

Around 16 nurseries and pre-schools across the borough, catering for around 800 youngsters, are involved in the scheme – looking at best practice in physical activity as well as health related learning involving staff, children and their families.

Turtles is now working towards a silver award with the help of the council. Meadowside nursery in Blurton achieved gold but could not make the presentation ceremony last week.

Three nurseries in the borough have met the platinum standard with many more already achieving gold, silver or bronze.

Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health, said: “It is great to see nurseries making it to the highest level in this scheme. We want all children to have a healthy start in life and this is an important programme which will also benefit parents and carers too.

“Health and wellbeing is a top priority for the council and this type of scheme can help us ensure youngsters are getting a healthier start in life.”

There are four stages of award ranging from bronze to platinum.

For any nurseries or pre-schools wanting further information on the awards go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/nurturing-health-award, email slogan@staffordbc.gov,uk or ring 01785 619686.