Happy Days Nurseries across the Fylde Coast have started off the new school year by putting health and exercise first.
All six sites have brought in a Health and Wellbeing Champion in a bid to get children active and eating healthily to stop the spread of childhood obesity and spread positivity.
Government guidelines claim that 91 per cent of early years’ age-group are not active enough, prompting parliament to suggest children get at least three hours of daily exercise. They claim children are no different to adults in terms of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Under the new champions, the family-owned business is now promoting various exercise classes every day, as well as healthy eating choices with all children and staff taking part in the activities. Staff from the six nurseries at Norbreck, Ansdell, Anchorsholme, Poulton, Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Norbreck pre-school have volunteered to become the champions and are being trained in-house to give support to staff and children.
The classes involve all the children from six months to four years and include wake and shake Activities, childhood yoga and Zumba, as well as activities outdoors. The initiative is set to run throughout the school year with lots of different activities taking place during the changing seasons.
Hayley Garnsey, Childcare manager at Norbreck Happy Days, said: “The activities have been a huge success with all age groups taking part with enthusiasm. We thought about making exercise even more fun with the added benefit of encouraging an active lifestyle from an early age.
“It’s not just for the children though, as the staff are encouraged to keep fit and eat healthy too. This is their choice and they have been only too happy to get involved.”