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Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme

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The Welsh Government has a commitment to extend the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes (WNHSS) into pre school settings.

The Healthy and Sustainable Pre-school Scheme has been introduced in each local authority area in Wales.

Each area will recruit at least 10 pre-school settings in the first year of the scheme (2011-12) and 5 to 10 settings in subsequent years (2012-14).

A task and finish group was set up in 2010 to look at extending the scheme into the pre-school sector and consider sustainability. It produced the Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme National Award Criteria.

Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme National Award Criteria

The National Award Criteria is the final product of the task and finish group and feedback provided from regional workshops. The criteria have clear parallels with the WNHSS National Quality Award.

Regional workshops were then organised to discuss the national award criteria. The workshops consisted of: 

  • local healthy school practitioners 
  • dieticians 
  • Welsh Government policy officials 
  • representatives from individuals working in pre-school, early years and childcare settings; and 
  • representatives from other groups such as Eco-Schools and Keep Wales Tidy.