Cottle Kindergarten earns gold
It was gold stars all around for one Upper Hutt kindergarten as it was recognised for its commitment to healthy living.
Cottle Kindergarten was recently awarded a Gold Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation.
Head teacher Julie Crawley said she was extremely proud and excited to get the award.
"We are helping our tamariki to have healthy habits and healthy hearts for life."
To receive the award the kindergarten had to demonstrate that healthy eating and exercise were a part of its learning culture for both children and their parents.
Kindergarteners and their parents learnt the best foods for a healthy lunchbox and the kindergarten's garden provided fresh fruit and vegetables for the children and teachers to cook with in the kitchen.
Heart Foundation promotion coordinator Sian Bolton said Cottle Kindergarten's policies around food and play were an important part of why it received the award.
Fresh fruit and water were always available for snacks.
"We are very happy with the choices they made," she said.
To keep its gold star status, the kindergarten will be reassessed twice a year.
Cottle Kindergarten works closely with the Heart Foundation and its teachers regularly attend development sessions to learn how to educate others about a healthy lifestyle.