This section will provide early years settings with information about the support that is offered by Leicestershire Partnership Trust to assist in the delivery of the health and well-being of the children in their care.

Each nursery and pre-school throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland has an allocated member of the Healthy Together team. This team member can offer public health support and advice to their setting. If you don’t know who your contact is, please get in touch with your local public health nurses (health visitors) and they will advise you. This team member will not offer advice for a specific child as that will need to be a discussion with the relevant parent, however they can give general information.

Select your location from the options below to identify services available in your local area:

Leicester city

Leicestershire

Rutland

Leicester city

The following services are available in Leicester city.

Healthy eating

Eat Better logo

The Leicester Eat Better to Start Better programme aims to support early year’s providers across the city to help children and their families meet their nutritional needs, both while being cared for within their early year’s setting, and also at home within their family.

The programme supports early year’s settings to develop a healthy food policy and achieve the ‘Good Nutrition for the Under 5’s Award’.

There are 2 steps to gaining the award:

  • A 2 hour core nutrition training course for nursery staff and childminders
  • One to one support from the dietitian to develop a food policy and meet the food and drink guidelines

The programme is also designed to support families with young children to explore healthy food choices, and to grow in confidence in healthy shopping & cooking skills.

The “Big Cook Little Cook” course supports parents and young children over a six-week programme, exploring healthy food together through cooking and learning activities. They learn safe and age-appropriate techniques to chop, grate, measure, mix and cook, with emphasis on building their confidence as “kitchen helpers” with independent skills of their own.

Parents also gain an insight into the nutrition messages that underpin the programme – which address portion sizes for all the family, sugar, fat, salt, food labelling and achieving balanced family eating. In addition, course leaders guide parents on the social aspects of family eating, choosing healthy and non-food rewards as an alternative to confectionery and snack-foods, and creating a supportive atmosphere for children to explore new foods safely.

Comments from settings and parents who have taken part in the programme:

“Abbey Park Nursery was so pleased to take part in the Eat Better Start Better programme. It helped parents understand more about making healthy choices and take part in cooking and sampling dishes.  Parents learnt about healthy snacks that were affordable and tasted good too!  The nursery managers have been involved in the training and look forward to delivering their own workshops.  The nursery was thrilled to be awarded the Eat Better Start Better accreditation.”
– Sarah Hallam, manager, Leicester College Abbey Park Day Nursery

“I really enjoyed having the opportunity to cook with my son on this course.  Seb has shown that he now enjoys kiwi fruit so that will be on his menu from now on.  Seb is very sad that Big Cook Little Cook sessions are finishing for now, so that’s a great endorsement.”
– Rob Wells, father of Seb (age 4 yrs), Knighton Day Nursery

Good Nutrition for the under 5’s Training & Award scheme

Available to staff from all early years settings across Leicester city, including family and young people’s centres, childminders and day nurseries.

This training is aimed at settings managers and those responsible for food provision (ordering, catering and/or menu planning), or a staff nominee who can, following the training, then lead on accreditation within the setting.

Joining this award scheme will be a great way to show how you meet the welfare and nutrition requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework.

The training will include:

  • Healthy portion sizes for settings-provided meals and packed lunches for under-fives
  • Recently released food labeling and allergen legislation that affects how you serve food and display menus to children and parents
  • Recently published guidance on Carbohydrates and Health, lowering ‘free sugar’ intakes to 5% or less of our totally daily energy intake

… and much more! 

For settings that sign up for this award, the organisers are also in a position to offer ‘hands-on’ courses to children, parents and carers, arranged by them at or near your setting, sharing food skills and knowledge in a fun and practical group sessions.  If this sounds like something you think that your families would like to do, you can hear more about it and how to sign up during the training session.

Please contact: carole.sandhu@lnds.nhs.uk or aileen.smith@lnds.nhs.uk for information on the next courses being run.

Let’s Get Moving: Leicester-shire & Rutland Sport

Across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, LRS are committed to driving the Early Years Physical Activity agenda forward. Download resources for your setting below:

Oral health promotion

You can access free support from Leicester City Council’s oral health promotion service, Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles.

  • Supervised tooth brushing: The oral health promotion service provides FREE training and resources for settings to take part in the supervised tooth brushing programme. This involves setting 5-10 minutes aside per day to do a tooth brushing session with the children in your setting. For more information contact the oral health team on healthyteethhappysmiles@leicester.gov.uk
  • Educational Resource Packs: Free fun, interactive oral health themed lesson plans and activities available to download here

There is also a resource catalogue where there are a number of educational resources available to borrow for FREE including; giant mouth models, giant toothbrushes, dental role-play kits, jigsaws, books and more! Download and print the available resources here.

Below is a map of the dental practices that have, or are working towards their Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles! accreditation.

Speech and language therapy

The Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) service meets the needs of children or young people with significant delay and/or persisting needs in the areas of speech, language, communication or eating, drinking and swallowing.

Learning to communicate is a natural process and for most children and young people. The first steps are taken at home with the help of family and this continues when they go to school or other learning environments. There is a lot that can be done to promote children’s speech and language development. In order for them to make that progress it is essential that everyone in their environment participates.

The ‘Working together and referral to the speech and language therapy service’ guidelines outline:

  • What to expect in terms of children’s speech, language and communication development
  • How you can help them develop
  • How to access Let’s Get Talking groups
  • When it is appropriate to refer to speech and language therapy and how to do this

Leicestershire Partnership Trust: Speech and Language Service for Families, Young People and Children

Early interventions

This resource has been produced for all professionals supporting children under 5 with their Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).

The menu page includes tools that Early Years Practitioners can use to evaluate children’s early language development.  Public health nurses may be using a range of other tools (e.g. Ages and Stages questionnaire etc.)

When a child shows signs of delay in attention and listening skills, understanding, talking or social communication then click on the relevant section and select the age band that that matches the child’s developmental level.  This will give you general strategies to help and more specific activity ideas to support that area of the child’s language development.

Leicestershire Partnership Trust: Early Interventions Speech, Language and Communications Resources

Safety

It is incredibly important to be aware of safety issues with regards to children under 5. Developmentally, they will take risks, and there will be bumps and falls that we are unable to prevent, however it is essential to ensure that all environments are safe in order to prevent harm and reduce the risks of unintentional injuries occurring.

Public Health England and The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) have created a guide for all staff working with children under five years on preventing unintentional injuries. You can also purchase and download the CAPT One Step Ahead poster for your setting here.


 

Leicestershire

The following services are available across Leicestershire.

Healthy Eating

healthy tots logo

Leicestershire Healthy Tots is an early years health promotion programme that encourages settings to promote healthy lifestyles and become health promoting environments.

Leicestershire Healthy Tots: Nutrition guide for Leicestershire healthy tots

Let’s Get Moving: Leicester-shire & Rutland Sport

Across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, LRS are committed to driving the Early Years Physical Activity agenda forward. Download resources for your setting below:

Speech and language therapy

The Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) service meets the needs of children or young people with significant delay and/or persisting needs in the areas of speech, language, communication or eating, drinking and swallowing.

Learning to communicate is a natural process and for most children and young people. The first steps are taken at home with the help of family and this continues when they go to school or other learning environments. There is a lot that can be done to promote children’s speech and language development. In order for them to make that progress it is essential that everyone in their environment participates.

The ‘Working together and referral to the speech and language therapy service’ guidelines outline:

  • What to expect in terms of children’s speech, language and communication development
  • How you can help them develop
  • How to access Let’s Get Talking groups
  • When it is appropriate to refer to speech and language therapy and how to do this

Leicestershire Partnership Trust: Speech and Language Service for Families, Young People and Children

Early interventions

This resource has been produced for all professionals supporting children under 5 with their Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).

The menu page includes tools that Early Years Practitioners can use to evaluate children’s early language development.  Public health nurses may be using a range of other tools (e.g. Ages and Stages questionnaire etc.)

When a child shows signs of delay in attention and listening skills, understanding, talking or social communication then click on the relevant section and select the age band that that matches the child’s developmental level.  This will give you general strategies to help and more specific activity ideas to support that area of the child’s language development.

Leicestershire Partnership Trust: Early Interventions Speech, Language and Communications Resources

Safety

It is incredibly important to be aware of safety issues with regards to children under 5. Developmentally, they will take risks, and there will be bumps and falls that we are unable to prevent, however it is essential to ensure that all environments are safe in order to prevent harm and reduce the risks of unintentional injuries occurring.

Public Health England and The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) have created a guide for all staff working with children under five years on preventing unintentional injuries. You can also purchase and download the CAPT One Step Ahead poster for your setting here.


 

Rutland

The following services are available in Rutland.

Let’s Get Moving: Leicester-shire & Rutland Sport

Across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, LRS are committed to driving the Early Years Physical Activity agenda forward. Download resources for your setting below:

Speech and language therapy

The Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) service meets the needs of children or young people with significant delay and/or persisting needs in the areas of speech, language, communication or eating, drinking and swallowing.

Learning to communicate is a natural process and for most children and young people. The first steps are taken at home with the help of family and this continues when they go to school or other learning environments. There is a lot that can be done to promote children’s speech and language development. In order for them to make that progress it is essential that everyone in their environment participates.

The ‘Working together and referral to the speech and language therapy service’ guidelines outline:

  • What to expect in terms of children’s speech, language and communication development
  • How you can help them develop
  • How to access Let’s Get Talking groups
  • When it is appropriate to refer to speech and language therapy and how to do this

Leicestershire Partnership Trust: Speech and Language Service for Families, Young People and Children

Early interventions

This resource has been produced for all professionals supporting children under 5 with their Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).

The menu page includes tools that Early Years Practitioners can use to evaluate children’s early language development.  Public health nurses may be using a range of other tools (e.g. Ages and Stages questionnaire etc.)

When a child shows signs of delay in attention and listening skills, understanding, talking or social communication then click on the relevant section and select the age band that that matches the child’s developmental level.  This will give you general strategies to help and more specific activity ideas to support that area of the child’s language development.

Leicestershire Partnership Trust: Early Interventions Speech, Language and Communications Resources

Safety

It is incredibly important to be aware of safety issues with regards to children under 5. Developmentally, they will take risks, and there will be bumps and falls that we are unable to prevent, however it is essential to ensure that all environments are safe in order to prevent harm and reduce the risks of unintentional injuries occurring.

Public Health England and The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) have created a guide for all staff working with children under five years on preventing unintentional injuries. You can also purchase and download the CAPT One Step Ahead poster for your setting here.