Creating change in MY SCHools or
Early Childhood Education service
Early Childhood Education services and schools are ideal places to promote health and wellbeing for children and young people, as the benefits extend to the whole community.
In healthier environments, children are happier, healthier and have better academic achievement.
Using a whole school/service approach, school staff, children, young people, management, families, and the wider community can come together to promote health and wellbeing.
It’s time to make a positive impact. There are a lot of different programmes, tools and resources available to support education settings in creating healthy change.
Here are some nationally available programmes to get you started:
The Heart Foundation
The Heart Foundation provides expert guidance, advice and support to schools and early childhood education services in the areas of healthy eating and physical activity. Its range of programmes, tools and resources help schools and early childhood education services to create healthy environments for staff, under fives, students and their families/whānau. Find out how the Heart Foundation can help you.
Health Promoting Schools (HPS)
Health Promoting Schools (HPS) is a school community-led development. HPS facilitators support school communities to identify their strengths and address their health, wellbeing and education priorities.
HPS enables communities to find their own solutions through partnerships with the school, health and social services.
Find out about where your closest HPS team is located and the opportunities to access free learning and actions that will significantly improve outcomes for Māori, Pacific peoples and those who are minoritised in your community on our website.
Kia hāpaitia, kia hikitia te rangatiratanga o ngā whānau, ka ora ai te iwi.
HPS aims to enhance whānau wellbeing through evidence informed practice, focusing on reducing inequities in health and educational outcomes.