The Healthier Child project is a new initiative run by Northamptonshire County Council and NHFT to help combat the growing problem of childhood obesity within Northamptonshire.
The project started in September 2014, and there are currently 84 Primary Schools participating in this academic year.
With a team of four dedicated Healthy Child Advisors, we provide tailored 1:1 support for schools including guided self-assessments and action plans to help them improve Health & Wellbeing within the school community.
Our work focuses on three key areas:
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity (including PE and Sport)
- Mental health and wellbeing
The University of Northampton have been commissioned to carry out some research alongside the Healthier Child project to gather evidence of the impact the project is making.
Benefits of the project
- Free support and advice on health, physical activity and wellbeing for the school by the school’s dedicated Healthy Child Advisor
- Linking schools up with local partners to deliver healthy lifestyle activities within the school (e.g. Sports, School Nursing & Weight Management)
- Access to a wide range of services and free resources
- Help children perform better through schemes of wellbeing and behaviour management
- Develop skills of the school staff team (Continuous Professional Development opportunities)
- Help school apply for additional funds and grants available from local businesses
- Help with OFSTED preparation, and meeting OFSTED guidelines and standards for health and wellbeing
Examples of what we do
Find out how St Andrews CE Primary School in Kettering has benefited from the Healthier Child project.
For healthy lunch box tips view the document below:
The two case studies below are from schools currently participating in the project, and outline what the Healthy Child Advisors have been helping the schools to achieve:
Watch a feature on the Healthier Child project from Anglia TV in February 2015.
The following quotes are from schools participating in the project:
"I think the project so far has enabled us to evaluate what we are doing already and to look at what we need to do in order to ensure that we meet the criteria required to be a healthy school. We have already made some adjustments and intend to continue to work towards embedding all of the elements into our school."
Janice Mardell, Headteacher, Overstone Primary School
"I feel the project is steering us in the right direction towards improving the health of our children and their families. We have been working on a Healthy Eating Policy which we hope will encourage very good practice regarding food choices."
Nicola Wilson, PSHE lead / PE lead, Our Ladies of Walsingham Primary School
"...the project has facilitated useful links with agencies and projects (e.g. the health service, the Change For Life project) that perhaps otherwise would not have happened and that will prove to be very useful in the coming months.”
Janis Zakis, Principal, Freeman Endowed Junior Academy
“I really do feel that the Healthier Child project is very important. This project gives us the opportunity to help further children, parents and the wider community about being more healthy. Something that is exceedingly crucial - especially in Northamptonshire! Promoting healthier minds, bodies and lives will definitely impact on our future”
Emma White, PSHE lead, Walgrave Primary School
"The Healthier Child Project is an excellent framework for us to progress forward and address aspects of Health and Wellbeing that we haven’t done before. With [Paul’s] knowledge, we are able to progress through the assessment focussing on the parts that are important to us."
Julie Letts, Headteacher, Silverstone Church of England Junior School
How can you take part?
If you belong to a Primary School in Northamptonshire, and would like to participate in the Healthier Child project, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you shortly.