Children, families and staff at a popular children’s centre in Sutton Coldfield are celebrating after scooping a top award for their healthy lifestyles.
Four Oaks Children’s Centre, part of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) has netted a Startwell Level 2 award in recognition of the positive changes it is making to improve healthy eating and physical development among children and their families in the area.
The Startwell programme, rolled out by Birmingham City Council and the NHS, centres on seven key messages to help Early Years settings, parents and health professionals create a healthier environment for children and families. Such is the impact of the project that Sutton Coldfield obesity figures for under 5s have reduced from 19 per cent to 11 per cent.
With more than 40 settings, 80 per cent of Sutton Locality Children’s Centres have picked up award this year, placing the locality in the top three for Birmingham.
Fiona Godwin, Children’s Centre Teacher and Manager, attended the Council House to accept the award. She said:
“We are delighted to receive this award on behalf of the staff, children and parents. The commitment they have all shown to healthy living, by taking small steps in their day-to-day lives, is just superb.”