Physical Health and wellbeing
Physical Health and Wellbeing
It is important that we look after our own and our children’s physical health.
If you are finding it difficult to manage your child’s physical health, for example, weight, eating, toileting, persistent ill health, please talk to your child’s class teacher or our Inclusion Leader. We are able to refer you to people who can help support you to make a difference for your child. More information for parents can also be found at Change4Life.
Here are some of our Green Oak top tips for keeping your child fit and healthy!
Children need to be active for at least 60 minutes a day to have good physical health.
This can be through a brisk walk [or run!] to school, cycling or scooting, visiting the local park on the way home, or taking part in some of our after school clubs. Being active also helps to build core stability which improves attention, posture and handwriting. Getting outside and being active is also good for mental health and well-being, building resilience and just having fun – all in all it’s a win-win situation!
A Healthy Diet
Having a healthy, balanced diet is not only good for your child’s health now but also for their future.
Try to limit unnecessary high sugar, fat or salt foods and avoid fizzy or sugary drinks. At Green Oaks we actively encourage healthy eating through our school lunches and guidelines for packed lunches.
Please do NOT send sweets, chocolates or treats to school for your child to give to other children when it is their birthday. This causes difficulties for children with allergies and places unnecessary pressure on parents to reciprocate. Keep these birthday treats for parties instead!
Sleep and Diet
Even as your child gets older he or she still needs a good 10 - 12 hours of sleep a night.
To help your child get a good night sleep it is important to retain the same good bedtime routines that they had when they were younger. This means giving them time to relax and wind down at the end of a busy day, and the opportunity to share a story with you, have a snuggle or maybe just a quiet chat. Try not to let your child’s bedtime routine involve watching television, Youtube or going on the I-Pad as all of these can stop your child relaxing and having a good night’s sleep.