Services for Young Children

Healthy Early Years Audit

The Services for Young Children Advisory Team have produced a Hampshire Healthy Early Years Audit for pre-schools and day nurseries to use to develop the health and wellbeing of their setting, children and staff.

Working through the Healthy Early Years Audit will support settings to recognise that the culture, ethos and environment of a setting can influence the health and well being of the children in their care, their readiness to learn and therefore their likelihood of succeeding in later life.

The Healthy Early Years Audit will support settings in celebrating and strengthening what they already do as well as identify areas for development. It will also highlight the importance of health and well being, not only to the children but also to parents/carers and the wider community.

Completing the audit tool and self validation form will lead to achieving Healthy Early Years Status as recognition of your commitment.

There is currently no national accreditation system for early years settings wanting to obtain ‘Healthy Status’ such as that which exists for infant, primary, secondary and special schools.

Services for Young Children have decided to develop its own audit tool tailored for early years to enable preschools and day nurseries to gain accreditation and recognition for the critical role they play in supporting the health and wellbeing of the children in their care.

The Hampshire Healthy Early Years Audit has been written by the Hampshire Early Years Advisory Team in consultation with the Inclusion Team, Children’s Centre Team, Prospects and the County Inspector/Advisor for Personal Development Learning.

Healthy Early Years Audit Microsoft Word 579kB

Hampshire Early Years Advisory Team also recommend the use of the following materials:

Further updates (including local projects and network opportunities), will be included in the SfYC blog