EYFS 2021 – a new requirement to promote the good oral health of children
There are some changes to the safeguarding and welfare requirements in the new EYFS for implementation in September 2021, a new requirement to promote the good oral health of children!
This focus could be around talking to children about the effects of eating too many sweet things, the importance of brushing their teeth or just simply about taking care of yourself and knowing your body.
This requirement certainly doesn’t mean that providers of the EYFS must carry out supervised toothbrushing. Don’t worry you will not be required to assess children’s oral health adding ‘dentist’ to the list of jobs that you do! But you must decide how you are going to meet this requirement. One great way to start to do this is to get on board like this setting already has!
Last year they won a national Dental Award, take a look here – Dental Awards 2020.
This year they have challenged themselves even further! They want to highlight the importance of oral health, especially as during Covid-19 lockdowns access to dentists has been restricted. The team from Little Darlings wants to educate people on the importance of oral health and encourage people to take better care of their teeth.
They have also decided to go for a Guinness World Record! Anyone can participate from all over the world! Little Darling Childcare has a challenge on Saturday 20th March, get involved LittleDarling.co.uk/GWR and register using the links on the bottom of any of the pages. You can find out more about Little Darling Childcare via their nursery page See it in action Website LittleDarling.co.uk, FaceBook, Little Darling YouTube channel and Twitter!
Congratulation to Sanjay and his team, I have met him a number of times and have always been inspired by what he does and my very good friend Amanda Frolich has got her team involved too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icv-VvnBO3c&t=3s You can purchase the single ‘Brush your Teeth’ – your children will love this catchy song featuring Alison Wheeler https://www.amazon.com/Brush-Your-Teeth-Song/dp/B08D65VY7S
If supervised toothbrushing is something you decide to introduce, you should also read the guidance on supervised toothbrushing during coronavirus (COVID-19).