The needs of the early years client group can be categorisedinto three groups: Health, Developmental and Social Care needs. Each of theearly years services should be working towards meeting these needs to helpchildren flourish and reach their full potential.
Health needs are the things we need in order to stayphysically healthy. For example, warmth, a balanced diet, shelter, protectionfrom harm, good hygiene, sleep and exercise are all things which contribute tothe physical wellbeing of an individual. This is achieved by a systematicmethod of identifying the unmet health and healthcare needs of a population andmaking changes to meet those unmet needs. Some of the ways in which healthneeds are implemented in my placement are as follows:· Children are taught about healthy eating. Thisis part of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Statutory Framework which ispart of the Childcare Act 2006. “The EYFS sets standards for learning,development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools andOfsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS.
” (FoundationYears website). This is done in various ways. For example, the children areinvolved in helping to plan or prepare their meals. There is a vegetable patchin the outdoor play area which all the children participate in growing becausethey would be more intrigued to try the food as they are a part of producingit. All elements of a balanced diet are incorporated into the children’s meals.Visits to local farms take place to help the children understand where foodcomes from and to develop a sense of care for what they eat, a bowl of freshlychopped fruits is provided for the children while they are playing outdoors.
The bowl is on a table that is an appropriate height for the children so thefruits are easily accessible to them. They are also provided with constantaccess to drinking water. The staff are not allowed to eat unhealthy things infront of the children when eating their own lunch as the children would feeltempted to eat these too and it would defeat the purpose of teaching them abouthealthy eating. To avoid this, the staff either eat their lunch in a separateroom or eat the spare portions that are left over from the children’s meals.
· Personal hygiene is also promoted in the nurseryas the toilet facilities consists of age appropriate toilets and sinks.Children are provided with assistance with going to the toilet and washingtheir hands if they are still in the process of learning how to do so. Thereare posters displayed above the sink on the children’s eye level showing asimple step by step guide on how to wash hands efficiently.
The staff alsopromotes personal hygiene by reminding the children to wash their hands beforethey sit around the table to eat and providing a box of tissues alongside thefruit and water to clean their nose if needed.· Physical activity is an important aspectof a child’s health development in order to maintain a healthy weight. Childrenhave to be taught from an early age to keep active so they are more likely tocontinue with healthy habits in the long term. The majority of the day in thenursery is spent in the outdoor play area but there is also scheduled times tobe spent indoors so all the children have an opportunity to spend time in theirpreferred learning environment.