Wednesday, July 22, 2009

kids go for your life in yarra junction

I had the great pleasure of awarding the Kids - ‘Go for your life’ to the Upper Yarra Community Childcare Centre in Yarra Junction. UYCCC are the very first childcare (long day care) centre in the shire to receive the award.

Jenny Holinger, centre manager, me and Creina Porter, State Coordinator for Kids Go for your life. UYCCC are a great example of good quality early childhood development and set the benchmark for others to follow.

It is a great credit to Jenny Holinger, centre manager, and her team. They have created a wonderful environment for children that has been further enhanced by their participation in Kids - ‘Go for your life’.

The award is to recognise “Supporting the Kids – ‘Go for your life’ Program and based on six key themes:
TAP into water every day
Plant FRUIT and VEG in your lunchbox
LIMIT ‘sometimes’ foods
Move, PLAY and GO
Turn OFF, switch to PLAY

Kids - ‘Go for your life’ is managed by Diabetes Australia Vic and The Cancer Council Victoria, and funded by the Victorian Government. Kids - ‘Go for your life’ encourages physical activity and healthy eating in children through primary schools and early childhood services.

There has been a great take up of the program in the Shire with 64% of preschool and childcare centres enrolled to get accreditation. It is a great program and I will certainly be keen to see the day when I can award the Shire’s own long day care and family day care services their own Kids - ‘Go for your life’ award.

Well done UYCCC, your commitment to good quality early childhood development is outstanding.

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