Healthy children, kura and schools
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.
Schools, early childhood centres and kohanga reo have the opportunity to create a culture of healthy eating where children are supported to develop positive food behaviours that will help them to grow into healthy adults, and also help to maintain these behaviours at home.
Health Promoting Schools
Toi Te Ora - Public Health Service Health Promoting Schools (HPS) programme is a community development approach which responds to the prioritised needs and solutions that have been identified by the whole school community. Check out the Health Promoting Schools website for information on healthy eating.
Building Blocks for Under 5s
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 uses a fun and interactive building frame to achieve each of the eight Blocks that make up the tool, with each Block representing a key aspect of health. One of the Blocks is 'Kai Time - Wā Kai'. You can find more information on Building Blocks here.