Halton Celebrates Healthy Early Years With A Great Big HHEY

Halton early years, nursery and day care settings along with local schools and colleges gathered for the annual HHEYS celebration to share the work they are doing to give young people the best start in life and share their good practice.

This year 30 organisations attended the event at the stadium, organised by Halton Borough Council’s Health Improvement Team and its partners. Events on the day included a ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’, with Kemik, the Widnes Vikings mascot; Kids Planet Nursery gave a 'Busy Feet’ presentation and St Basils Primary presented a video of their activities at Fit4Life club. 

Ashley, Cavendish, Daresbury and All Saints Upton Schools performed a dance routine which was followed by a presentation from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy on its outdoor adventure programme. 

A highlight was Tiegan Wright, from The Heath School who gave a beautiful rendition of Paloma Faith’s ‘New York’.   

Halton Borough Council Executive Board Member for Children, Young People and Families, Cllr Ged Philbin, said:   “Halton’s children are becoming healthier and we have seen a significant drop in year 6 school age children who are overweight. We are now the best in the North West. Our local schools, settings and children’s centres work hard to help our children keep active and eat healthily. Today’s ‘having fun, being active’ event was a celebration of the work we and our partners are doing and gave pupils a chance to showcase their talents. They have every reason to be proud of their achievement.”   

The smiling faces as everyone left the event indicated everyone had fun being active! The HHEYS Award – Halton Healthy Early Years Award   Early years settings and Children’s Centres play an important role in supporting the health and wellbeing of their children, staff and families. The Halton Health Improvement team acknowledge this valuable work through the Halton Healthy Early Years award (HHEYS). A self-assessment audit  tool is completed by each setting which covers personal development, healthy eating, physical activity and emotional health and wellbeing. The tool enables settings to develop and review health and wellbeing improvements for their communities. At the annual Halton celebration event settings are proud to receive their awards and celebrate with others their contribution in improving the health of Halton families.

Left to right: Lindsay McGregor, Senior Early Help Officer at Windmill Hill Children's Centre and Claire Hunter, Principal Manager Brookvale and Windmill Hill Children's Centres