The Geelong Kindergarten Association has announced that all 34 of its kindergartens will aspire to improve the health of local children by registering for a new initiative that supports the Victorian Health Promotion Achievement Program.
The program promotes better health for children in schools and early childhood services through honouring achievements in healthy eating, oral health, mental health and wellbeing, and physical activity. Acknowledgment will be given after the kindergartens meet requirements for each area.
The Victorian Health Promotion Achievement Program is being established through Healthy Together Geelong, an initiative managed by the local council which focuses on the principal causes of poor health in children’s settings, workplaces and communities.
The Geelong Kindergarten Association (GKA) has consulted with Early Learning Association Australia, a peak body representing 1200 early childhood services in Australia in producing a Nutrition and Active Play policy.
Geelong Councillor and Community Development portfolio holder Kylie Fisher said that the policy directly supports the Victorian Health Promotion Achievement Program.
“Our Healthy Together Geelong team has been working with GKA over the last 12 months helping to deliver a program that would benefit the health and wellbeing of children at their centres,” she said.
Fisher also emphasised how the first few years of a child’s life are essential for learning, as well as setting the basis for future behaviour and health. She said that wanting to have the best possible start to life for a child also means knowing the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle.
GKA Managing Director Tina Martin said that they are happy to participate in the initiative.
“The achievement program ensures real results and active participation by the children, their families and the educators,” Martin said. “GKA is pleased to be part of this important initiative.”
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