Policy Statement

According to the EYFS non-statutory guidance material, children in the early years (0-5 years) should know the importance of good health, including a healthy diet, physical exercise and hygiene. They should be able to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently. In following the EYFS guidelines, I will adhere to the following procedures.


Healthy Diet

Children should be taught about and encouraged to follow a basic meal/snack routine, try a variety of different types of foods, eat nutritiously balanced meals and drink lots of water throughout the day. They should be able to communicate their food and drink needs from a very early age.

Physical Exercise

Children should be taught about and encouraged to keep physically healthy by taking regular exercise e.g. walking, running, swimming, climbing etc. They should develop an understanding of why it is important for their good health to take exercise, sleep well, eat well and follow hygiene rules.


Children should be taught and encouraged to take responsibility for washing their hands before meals, after going to the toilet and playing outside. They should be able to communicate their toilet needs and then developing their ability to attend to their own toilet needs.

Remember as always that each child is different and will respond to encouragement in different ways. All of the above can be made fun and will result in healthy and balanced children.