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

HEYL complements and enhances the statutory early years foundation stage framework, with further emphasis on the health and wellbeing of children, families and staff.

There are four levels of awards:

  • First Steps
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold 

Islington Healthy Early Years gold awards

St. Mark’s C of E Primary School

  • Speech and language: how early years staff developed their skills and worked with other professionals, to encourage and support language acquisition in children; as well as being able to identify any potential difficulties they may be experiencing.
  • Supporting a vulnerable family - read about the importance of working in partnership with parents and health care professionals, resulting in the positive impact it had on the health and well-being of both the child and parent.

Willow Children’s Centre

  • Emotional Well Being: - Learn how early years staff helped children develop and regulate their emotional well being through the provision of Forest school activities.
  • Physical Development - how early years staff worked to develop better physical activity outcomes for children, using the MOVERS tool.

Packington Early Years Centre

  • Well Being and Involvement: - read how early years staff used their training in the Leuven Scales, to effectively support children’s well-being and involvement in the setting.
  • Forest school - how early years staff used Forest school to help improve outcomes for vulnerable children

Aberdeen Park Nursery

  • Healthy eating and hydration: - how early years staff reviewed their food and drink provision, with particular focus on ways to promote hydration.
  • Fussy eating - read how early years staff worked with parents and children to support and encourage “fussy eaters” to have a healthier approach to food, helping to ensure a positive impact on all round development.

Blythwood Community Nursery

  • Oral Health: - Learn how early years staff worked in partnership with children, parents and professionals to educate and promote the importance of good oral hygiene
  • Emotional well being – supporting a vulnerable family - how early years staff effectively worked with health care professionals, to support a vulnerable child and parent, with positive outcomes for both. .