What is a Healthy Tots setting?
A Healthy Tots setting is one that:
- Promotes the importance of healthy eating, emotional health and well-being, physical activity and oral health.
- Recognises the importance of investing in health and wellbeing in early years to encourage healthy choices and behaviours from early childhood
- Uses a whole setting approach benefitting the children, staff, management, parents/carers/families and the wider community.
- Creates an ethos of health and wellbeing improvement embedded across the early years setting.
- Develops staff confidence in health promotion
What evidence is required for a Healthy Tots status?
To become a Healthy Tots accredited setting you need to meet criteria across four core health themes:
- Healthy Eating
- Physical Activity
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- Oral Health
How long is the Healthy Tots status valid for?
The Healthy Tots status is valid for 2 years once accreditation is achieved. However, we encourage all settings to ensure that the standards required to earn the status are reviewed regularly and keep their information up to date.
How do we add evidence to become a Healthy Tots Setting?
Settings will be set up with an online portfolio which they can work through the criteria and upload information/evidence to the system - which is straightforward and easy to use.
How much does it cost to become a Healthy Tots setting?
There is no cost to the setting at all - to become Healthy Tots accredited is completely free.
How long does it take to become a Healthy Tots setting?
We would usually expect settings to complete their evidence within 12 months of registering and our team will be able to offer support and guidance throughout this simple process.
We started the Healthy Tots Award before the COVID lockdown and didn't get assessed do we have to do all the award again?
No, you can still use all the evidence you have collated (as long as it still is relevant and up to date) to meet the criteria. You will need to register for an account so that you can access the new CRM portal-then you can start uploading all your evidence and gain full accreditation!
Do I have to complete all the training on the website to be able to gain the Healthy Tots Award?
No-the training is there to give you extra resources and knowledge! however you do need to complete a form of Oral Health training to evidence you have sound understanding of dental hygiene and oral health in the early years..
If you do not have a printer or a device to scan work, can you send hard copies of evidence?
If you would like to do the accreditation but are worried about uploading evidence, then please speak to one of the team who can help you to do this.
Can I use the same piece of evidence for a couple of criteria aspects?
Yes-please write exactly what aspect you feel that the evidence meets and why, also refer to the criteria checklist that is available when you start your accreditation.