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Physical and mental health for young children
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5 Education settings

Education and care settings can be an ideal environment for improving children’s physical and mental health. For children experiencing negative experiences in their lives, a pre-school or school setting can be a place of refuge for them. Well-ordered daily routines that are aimed at addressing and meeting all children’s needs as well as policies and practice aimed at delivering high-quality care and education play an important role in promoting good health and positive wellbeing.

A photograph of a group of children laying in the grass
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Within education settings that are many policies that help children’s health. Such policies include those aimed at ensuring good standards of healthy eating, control of infection, sickness and administration and storage of medicines. Other policies that can support children’s mental health include safeguarding and anti-bullying.