Leicestershire healthy schools

'Health for Kids' website launched !

'Health for Kids' website launched !

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) school nurses have launched a ground-breaking new website ‘Health for Kids’. Developed with the help of over 60 children from Leicestershire’s primary schools, the unique website is the first NHS website that has been created especially for children to learn about staying healthy and looking after their health. A special launch took place at the National Space Centre with the children involved.

Visit www.healthforkids.co.uk

The website features a diverse range of health topics from bullying to brushing teeth, allergies to bereavement. The games, videos, and interactive content have been written and overseen by experts from across LPT services including school nursing, health improvement, smoking cessation, dietetics, paediatricians, and mental health. Separate sections for parents and teachers provide further advice.

The website content is presented through four themed worlds. Each ‘world’ presents health advice through fun facts, quizzes, games or film.
• ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ – Staying Healthy. This features a Zumba video.
• ‘Water World’ – Feelings
• ‘Space World’ – Illness
• ‘Magical World’ – Getting help

There are friendly characters to help you along the way
• Zak gives ideas for additional learning activities children can do with their parent/carer
• The Factbot provides interesting health facts
• Maggie the School Nurse has useful health tips
• Tara tests you with fun quizzes to keep you on your toes!

The website currently features three games:
• Knight Nurse – gives children a chance to be a school knight nurse and treat the health problems of our mythical patients.
• Poop Shooter - stop the alien from becoming constipated by clearing up space food in its belly, collecting as many poo points as you can before the poop-ometer runs out!
• Lanterns in the Wind – a therapeutic game giving children the chance to write down how they are feeling in an artistic way and encouraging them to share feelings with others.

The website has been part-funded by Leicestershire County Council, to support the hosting of a secure School Health Questionnaire for parents of Reception Year children. This information will support school nurses to provide the best health care and advice to children in the schools they cover.

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