Building Blocks for Under 5s
Healthy tamariki and early childhood education services
Improving the health and wellbeing of children is an effective way to improve learning outcomes and nurture a healthy community.
At Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service our vision is for all schools, early childhood centres and kohanga reo to become health promoting environments, involving the whole school community in activities that promote health and wellbeing.
Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service's Building Blocks for Under 5s (Building Blocks) is a comprehensive tool developed to support early childhood education (ECE) services to improve and sustain health and wellbeing. It is designed to complement existing structures and resources within ECE services, including weaving the principles and strands of Te Whāriki and the four cornerstones of Te Whare Tapa Wha.
Building Blocks was developed collaboratively with key stakeholders and was pilot-tested in eight ECEs. This co-design process ensured we developed a quality and sustainable resource that will meet the needs of ECEs and ultimately support the health and wellbeing of children, parents and whānau.
Building Blocks uses a fun and interactive building frame to achieve each Block that make up the tool, with each Block representing a key aspect of health.
The Blocks included in the tool are:
Kai Time - Wā Kai
Breastfeeding Friendly - He Pai te Wai Ū
Smile - Memene
Let’s Move - Hūnuku Tāua
Keep the Bugs at Bay – Kia Tūraha ai ngā Ngāngara
Smokefree, 1, 2, 3 – Auahi Kore 1, 2, 3
Fun in the Sun - Kia Koa i te Rā e Whiti ana
Safe Play the Best Way - Kia Haumaru i te Ara Tōtika