The Healthy Early Years London (HEYL) programme is an awards scheme funded by the Mayor of London which supports and recognises achievements in child health, wellbeing and development in early years settings.

HEYL complements and enhances the statutory Early Years foundation stage framework, adding to the focus on children, families and staff health and wellbeing.

The 4 levels of Awards - HEYL First Steps, Bronze, Silver and Gold - can be used to improve and support practice in all Early Years settings

HEYL will support the Mayor’s upcoming Health Inequalities Strategy and help every London child to have a healthy start to life, with improvements in healthy life expectancy, child obesity and wellbeing.

Islington Healthy early years gold awardsIslington Healthy early years gold awards

Congratulations to the following settings that have achieved Islington HEYL gold award


St Mark’s CE primary school nursery

Gold Universal case study: Poverty, speech and language development

Gold targeted case study: Early help for a vulnerable family


Willow children's Centre

Gold Universal case study: Developing children’s confidence and emotional wellbeing through Forest School experiences

Gold targeted case study: Children’s physical development through following the MOVERS principles


Packington children’s centre

Gold universal case study: Wellbeing and involvement

Gold targeted case study: Forest school