Press Release:

Shadow Childcare Minister Jenny Chapman MP will be enjoying activities in the great outdoors with nursery children as part of a national healthy lifestyle campaign.

Hundreds of nurseries and thousands of young children are taking part in Healthy Body Happy Me this week, a week-long fun activity campaign run by National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA).

Activities include baking healthy recipes, dancing, exploring the outdoors and caring for bodies by brushing teeth and thinking about germs.

NDNA’s Chief Executive Purnima Tanuku OBE, said: “We are delighted that Jenny Chapman, the Shadow Childcare Minister is supporting Healthy Body Happy Me.

“We have had a fantastic response to the campaign, with many nurseries sharing their photos with us on social media.

“All the activities they take part in have important learning messages about staying healthy and happy which we hope they will keep with them for life.

The campaign is sponsored by NDNA’s strategic corporate partners Hope Education and Citation Professional Solutions.

Jenny Chapman MP is visiting The Secret Garden Day Nursery in Darlington to take part in Thursday’s campaign activities which are all about playing and exploring outside. Nurseries will be encouraging children to build dens, plant seeds and make weather stations.

Ms Chapman said: “It is wonderful to visit the Secret Garden Nursery in Darlington to help NDNA promote their cross-nursery Healthy Body Happy Me campaign. As Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Years Education, it is important for me to support nurseries in their endeavour to promote healthy lifestyles and well-being during a child’s critical life stage.

“It is great to be hands-on today, and to have the opportunity to learn about the essential work nurseries do to ensure our children grow up to be respectful of others, to be confident about who they are, and to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

“The foundation given to children at this stage in their lives will affect their future development as adults. It is important that we shape childcare and early years education to make sure all children are given the best start in life.”

Nursery manager Melissa Merry said: “We very much enjoy taking part in the Healthy Body Happy Me campaign. It provides a fantastic learning opportunity for young children and also encourages opportunities to support families with this learning at home."

To find out more and watch the two-minute video filmed at Toy Box Nursery in Brighouse, go to www.ndna.org.uk/healthy

All our activity booklets are free to download. Please share your photos on Twitter using hashtag #HealthyBodyHappyMe and NDNA’s handle @NDNAtalk

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