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Image - Honey Pot staff with the recognition from the Victorian Government as a healthy service (Achievement Program FB)

Honey Pot Recognised

Honey Pot Recognised

Image - Honey Pot staff with the recognition from the Victorian Government as a healthy service (Achievement Program FB)

Warrnambool And Koroit Early Learning Service Recognised For Health Initiatives

Warrnambool and Koroit’s Early Childhood Service, the Honey Pot, has become the first service in the Victorian Western District to achieve every health priority area of the Healthy Early Childhood Services Achievement Program.

The program is a free Victorian Government health and wellbeing initiative delivered by Cancer Council Victoria, with more than 1,300 early childhood service members currently in Victoria.

Services that join the program are supported to achieve a series of milestones that address key health areas including physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing, safe environments and sun protection.

Honey Pot Centre director, Rebecca Perry, believed the program would help the service take its health and wellbeing efforts to a new level.

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“At the Honey Pot, we like to think we were already a health promoting service, but once we started looking at the Achievement Program, we realised there was so much more we could do to promote the overall health and wellbeing of our children, staff and service as a whole,” Ms Perry said.

To guide the Honey Port through the program, the health promotion team at South West Healthcare (SWH) provided dedicated support.

SWH’s health promotion officer Alexandra Bell, says that the service’s dedication and enthusiasm have been key drivers in delivering positive health and wellbeing outcomes.

“It’s been impressive to see the wide range of initiatives implemented; some are just simple changes, but they’ve had a profound impact" Ms Bell said.

"One of note is how children’s birthdays are celebrated, children now choose a present from the Birthday Box instead of eating cake”.

Children have been involved in growing fresh produce in their vegetable garden and assisting in preparing healthy foods.

An appreciation for different cultures is embedded in the curriculum, with children regularly engaged in cultural activities including presentations as well as being part of the Narragunnawali program, with one new practice being an Acknowledgment of Country before lunch each day.

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