Healthy Early Years partnership

The Healthy Early Years (HEY) programme and award scheme is funded by the public health team for Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

It has been based on the success of the Healthy Schools programme across the 3 boroughs and started as a pilot programme in 2014.

The programme is open to all early years settings, including children’s centres and nurseries, and its main aim is to support and encourage settings to develop and deepen their focus on health and wellbeing for the children and families they work with.

1. HEY awards

Awards are given to settings to recognise their achievements in supporting the health and wellbeing of the children and families they work with. 

There are 3 levels of award:

  • Bronze: settings will need to demonstrate they take a whole setting approach to health and wellbeing including physical activity, nutrition, oral health, emotional wellbeing, safety and immunisations
  • Silver: settings will need to identify the main health priorities for the children and families they work with and devise new projects, practices and interventions to address these needs
  • Gold: settings will need to implement their silver action plan and demonstrate the impact of the activities they have implemented

How to take part

A setting must first register with HEY. You will then receive an email confirmation within two weeks including details of the free support available and information on how to begin working towards the bronze award.

Register with HEY 

For more information on how to apply for the awards, please continue through this guide.

2. Bronze award

Early years settings should complete the bronze review tool to show that their setting takes a whole setting approach to health and wellbeing.

This is done by recording practice and provision in promoting physical development, nutrition, oral health, emotional wellbeing, safety and immunisations.

Download the review tool (doc, 1.8MB) 

The bronze review tool is organised under seven headings:

  • leadership and managing change
  • policy and procedures
  • learning and development
  • ethos and environment
  • supporting families and signposting to services
  • practitioner workforce training and development, health and wellbeing
  • partnerships with parents and carers, the local communities and external agencies

Settings can use the review tool to record and update their progress around healthy eating, physical activity, emotional wellbeing and safety under the seven headings. This could also provide evidence for the Ofsted Self Evaluation Form (SEF).

When you have completed the tool, please send the below documents to the HEY Coordinator, Anna Brennan-Craddock, at anna.brennan-craddock@healtheducationpartnership.com:

  • HEY bronze review tool
  • a copy of your Immunisation Statement, Healthy Eating Policy, Physical Development Policy and Oral Health Policy
  • a copy of your menus (if applicable)
  • a copy of the active travel survey
  • a timetable of the physical activity sessions that are planned and delivered each week

Application and supporting documents will be sent to the Steering Group who will review and approve applications. Once approved, each setting will be given a framed certificate.

3. Silver and gold awards

The silver and gold reporting tool is for use by all early years settings working towards the silver and gold awards.

Settings can achieve up to five silver and gold awards, one for each of the following health topics: oral health, healthy eating, physical development. emotional wellbeing and safety.

Download the reporting tool (doc, 1.8MB) 

Silver award

To achieve the silver award, settings should:

  • have achieved the bronze award within the last 2 years
  • choose one of the five key health priorities
  • collect baseline data to evidence the health priority
  • develop an action plan to address these health issues and priorities
  • set measurable planned outcomes that demonstrate the impact you would like your action plan to have on the identified health issue or priority

Use part 1 of the silver and gold reporting tool to record your action plan. Once completed, please send it to the HEY Coordinator. Do this before implementing any of the actions in your plan.

They will then send your application and any supporting documents to the Steering Group who will review and assess your application. Once approved, each setting will be given a framed certificate.

Gold award

To achieve the gold award, settings should:

  • have achieved the bronze and silver award within the last 2 years
  • have implemented the actions within their silver action plan
  • collect endline data, and report on the impact in relation to their planned outcomes
  • sustain successful activities

You can use part 2 of the silver and gold reporting tool to write the report demonstrating the impact of your action plan. Once completed, please send it to the HEY Coordinator.

They will then send your application and any supporting documents to the Steering Group who will review and assess your application. Once approved, each setting will be given a framed certificate.

4. Award winners

Bronze awards

Westminster City Council

  • Ashmore Pre School
  • Bessborough Day Nursery
  • Emmanuel Playgroup
  • House of Commons Nursery
  • LSE Day Nursery
  • South Locality Children’s Centres
  • St Mary of the Angels Primary

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

  • Ashburnham Community School
  • Colville Primary School
  • Denbigh Under Fives
  • Fox Primary School
  • Hill House International School
  • Holland Park Pre Prep & Day Nursery
  • New Studio Pre School
  • Pippa Pop-Ins 5 Kensington Place
  • St Cuthbert with St Matthias Primary
  • Stay and Play at St Marks
  • Tadpoles Nursery School
  • Worlds End Under Fives

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

  • Earls Court Free School Primary
  • Flora Gardens Children’s Centre
  • Fulham Central Children’s Centre
  • Harmony Neighbourhood Nursery
  • Little Lillies Nursery
  • Little Owls Nursery
  • Little People of Fulham
  • Little People of Willow Vale
  • Masbro Children’s Centre
  • Masbro Brook Green Children’s Centre
  • Melcombe Children’s Centre and Nursery
  • Peques 1
  • Peques 2
  • Pippa Pop-Ins 165 New King’s Rd
  • Pippa Pop-Ins 233 New King’s Rd
  • Pippa Pop-Ins 430 Fulham Rd
  • Studio Day Nursery
  • Townmead Community Nursery
  • Wendell Park Primary School
  • West London Free School Primary

Silver awards

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

  • Colville Primary School Nursery (RBKC)  - Oral Health 

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

  • Studio Day Nursery (LBHF) - Oral Health
  • Little People of Fulham (LBHF) - Oral Health
  • Little People of Willow Vale (LBHF) - Oral Health

Gold awards

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

  • Colville Primary School Nursery (RBKC)  - Oral Health 

5. Free support

Healthy Education Partnership

Health Education Partnership provide free support to settings working towards the awards. Within the team, Anna Brennan-Craddock can help settings complete award applications. In addition, Kim Lambden can provide support at Silver level on "Purposeful Physical Play" including staff training, development visits and parent workshops.

MyTime Active

MyTime Active provide support to settings on the healthy eating and physical development aspects of the awards. They offer opportunities for you to provide the best food possible and fun active play for the children in your setting through advice, signposting and training. They can assist with snack ideas, planning menus and training on nutritional guidelines for 1 to 4 year olds.

Further information

For the latest news, updates and information on free training, resources and support to early years settings visit our HEY news feed.

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Brennan-Craddock on anna.brennan-craddock@healtheducationpartnership.com, HEY Coordinator, on 07703 814 831.


Last updated: 15 March 2017
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