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Healthy Pre-School Accreditation

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At HPB, we encourage pre-schools to establish a culture that promotes healthy living through our Healthy Pre-School (HPS) Accreditation Framework. Here are some programmes your pre-schools can adopt to empower the pre-schoolers, staff and parents in supporting this culture.

This accreditation is awarded to pre-schools with comprehensive school health promotion practices for pre-schoolers, parents and staff.

Participating pre-schools will be assessed based on the three criteria of supportive environment, targeted intervention and capacity building, as shown in the diagram below.
ABC of HPS
 
There are 2 tiers of accreditation; Basic and Platinum. The table below summarises the criteria required for each tier. 

tiers 

Creating a supportive environment

We have a variety of programmes that help pre-schoolers learn about nutrition, physical activity, myopia prevention and mental health.

Healthy Meals in Pre-schools Programme

Objective: Introduce healthier meals to pre-schoolers and educate them on healthy eating. 

Target audience: All pre-schoolers and staff in pre-schools

Programme details:
Pre-schools will be provided the criteria and guidelines on providing healthy meals to pre-schoolers. Find out more about Healthy Meals in Pre-school Programme here

Format: Consultations and assessments are conducted in person* or virtually. 

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures. 

Plug and Play Programme

Objective: Engage pre-schoolers, parents and staff with a suite of exciting new initiatives on nutrition, physical activity and mental wellness.

Target audience: Healthy Pre-Schools (Platinum)

Programme details: 
Contact schools@hpb.gov.sg for more information. 

Format: In-person* or virtual

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures.  

School Health Services

Objective: To conduct growth and developmental screening for the early detection of health issues in pre-schoolers.

Target audience: K1 and K2 students

Programme details:
Height and weight measurements, and vision screening are provided for students in their pre-schools.

Students who miss their screenings in school will be referred by the School Health Service to the Student Health Centre for the same service.

Providing Targeted Intervention for Identified Groups

This criteria aims to help overweight and severely overweight pre-schoolers maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Building the Capacity of Stakeholders

These programmes equip educators and parents to promote healthy living in their pre-schools and at home with their families.

For Educators: 

Health Promotion Training for Educators

Objective: Equip educators with the knowledge and skills on key child and youth health topics, and subsequently encourage their students to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Target audience: Pre-school educators

Programme details:
A 1.5-hour virtual workshop where participants will:
- Understand the impact of health promotion on students' holistic development. 
- Acquire health literacy on important child and youth health topics: nutrition, physical activity, mental health, sleep and smoking prevention.  
- Be trained on strategies and ideas which educators can use to promote a supportive health environment for students. 

Format: Virtual 

Next Steps: Managing the Transition to Primary School

Objective: To help teachers understand the transition experience of pre-school students and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to support the students.

Target audience: Pre-school educators

Programme details:
A full-day workshop or half-day webinar that trains educators to:
• Understand changes in social-emotional issues in children, brought about by developmental and situational changes.
• Recognise the key differences between the pre-school vs. primary school experience.
• Understand how change and transition induce stress and anxiety in children.
• Normalise and manage transition-related stress and anxiety in children.
• Demonstrate how primary school experience can be positive.
• Engage parents in transition planning and engagement of children.
• Encourage help-seeking amongst children pre and post transition.
• Support children with special needs to better manage transition.

Format: In-person* or virtual

*Subject to school's safe distancing measures.
Resources
Refer to the Healthy Pre-schools (HPS) Accreditation page on HealthHub to download the available resources.

 

For Parents:

Colours of the Mind

Objective: Equip parents or caregivers with tips to help their child cope with challenges and enhance their mental health and well-being.

Target audience: Parents or caregivers with children 3 to 6 years old.

Programme details:
A 2-hour virtual workshop where parents or caregivers will learn to:

  • Establish better communications with your child.
  • Build your child’s social intelligence.
  • Build your child’s emotional intelligence and more! 

Find out more here.

Format: Virtual

Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL)

Objective: To equip parents or caregivers with the knowledge to help their child form healthy eating habits from young.

Target audience: Parents or caregivers with children 3 to 6 years old

Programme details:
A 1-hour virtual workshop where parents/caregivers will learn:
• What is a healthy pre-school/school.
• How you can provide healthy meals at home.
• The common nutritional concerns and how to address them.
• Making food choices during meal planning.
• How you can stay active with your child(ren).
• How to choose healthier options when eating out.

Find out more here.

Format: Virtual

Active Family in the Community

Objective: Programme focuses on fundamental movement skills development to promote bonding for both parent and child (4 to 6 years old) through a range of fun-filled activities and games, including Zumba Kids, Junior Skate Boarding, Frisbee and many more.

Target audience: 4 to 6 years old and their parents/caregivers.

Programme details:
The Active Family series are available every weekend and conveniently located across the island for the whole family to get moving and make precious memories together.

Find out more here.

Format: In-person or virtual.

Storytelling Eye Education (See) Talk with Plano

Objective: Learn about the importance of protecting your child’s eyes and keeping their vision strong from an early age.

Target audience: Parents and children aged 4 to 12 years old.

Programme details:
A 45-minute virtual talk on the importance of protecting your child’s eyes. It includes an exciting story-telling session to educate and engage your child!

Find out more and register your interest here.

Format: Virtual

Parent Hub

Visit the Parent Hub, a one-stop resource portal developed by HPB, to find health information related to your child’s age and development.

You can learn the ins and outs of raising a healthier child, including resources and articles on nutrition, mental well-being and physical activity.

Accreditation process

Accreditation Process Stage_20 Jan 2022 

Accredited Healthy Pre-Schools will receive:

schs will receive

For more information, please refer to the detailed criteria in the Healthy Pre-school Toolkit.

Here is the list of Pre-schools who have been accredited as Healthy Pre-schools (Platinum).

Application

Kindly email it to schools@hpb.gov.sg with the subject heading "Application for Healthy Pre-school Accreditation".

Contact Details

Contact schools@hpb.gov.sg for further enquiries or to register your interest in the programmes listed above.

Ms Pramadevi

“We love the energy and friendliness of our instructor, Ms Liew Hui Ling, who conducted the Plug and Play session at our centre. She was also well-liked by the children and led our children to participate in the workout session. The activity was very engaging and teaches the children about good health habits. This also acts as an encouragement for our teachers and children to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle.”

Ms Pramadevi

Principal, Kinderland @ Ministry of Education
NurtureStar Principal

I strongly believe that healthy habits should be cultivated at a young age, and preschools can play a very important role. Support from HPB and parents for our preschool's effort is crucial to our success to foster a culture of lifelong healthy habits for our children – from healthy eating to mental wellness. We appreciate HPB’s workshop programmes and resources, which help to keep our teachers abreast of the latest in healthy practices for our children.

Eunice Tang

Principal, NURTURESTARS PTE LTD, SAFRA Mount Faber