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We have been featured in the Care Hub News Autumn Edition 2017 and the Evening Times have picked it up! Double whammy!

The Autumn 2016 edition recognised the services hard work and dedication to Health & Wellbeing. Being the 1st service to win their Platinum Healthy Choice/ Happy Children Award from the NHS is a massive achievement. The staff and children have been working hard to create recipe books and weekly cooking sessions. Promoting vital life skills and promoting healthy eating within the service has been a priority focus, the children and staff are enjoying their new active approach to health.

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An innovative project is helping parents, children and staff at a Glasgow nursery develop their understanding of healthy choices and life skills. The Healthy Choices, Happy Children is a new NHS pilot, which is based on health and wellbeing. Monkey Puzzle Glasgow has successfully integrated the programme into its daily schedule and immediately noticed positive results. Speaking to Care News, Lorraine Kirkwood of Monkey Puzzle Glasgow said: “Working closely with children and their families means their views and ideas helped to create a wide range of participation events, home links and projects. This was a fantastic way for the staff and families to strengthen relationships.”

She added: “There was a rounded approach to the programme covering things like life cycles and world food sources. This gave parents and children the opportunity to share cultures within the nursery and at home, which was further enhanced by the living chick programme where we got nine chicks from 10 eggs. Children’s input helped redevelop our outdoors areas to incorporate new herb and fruit gardens, recycled music stations and a bug hotel.”

Monkey Puzzle Glasgow is the first service to complete all awards within the pilot programme. The nursery chef now works with the children to pick the fruit, vegetables and herbs from the gardens to use in the kitchen.Care Inspector Annemarie McGinn said: “The manager really involved parents, carers and children in the project. We met with children on a visit to the nursery who were very enthusiastic about telling us how they helped to develop the outdoor area and introduce new learning experiences through the work they had done on the project.

“This was a newly registered service that has really taken the principles of the project on board and embedded it into their daily routines. This has supported the children to learn about making healthy choices and leading healthy lives.” CN

Monkey Puzzle Glasgow is the first service to complete all awards within the pilot programme. The nursery chef now works with the children to pick the fruit, vegetables and herbs from the gardens to use in the kitchen.Care Inspector Annemarie McGinn said: “The manager really involved parents, carers and children in the project. We met with children on a visit to the nursery who were very enthusiastic about telling us how they helped to develop the outdoor area and introduce new learning experiences through the work they had done on the project.

“This was a newly registered service that has really taken the principles of the project on board and embedded it into their daily routines. This has supported the children to learn about making healthy choices and leading healthy lives.” CN