Health Corner

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Establishing routines for your children helps them to know what is happening and what is expected of them. Children find comfort and security in having daily routines. Routines and rituals help children to feel more secure, less distracted and ready and enthusiastic about learning.


One way to ease morning madness is to have a “Getting Ready Checklist”. 
This list might include:

  • Get up on time
Get dressed into my school clothes
  • Make my bed
  • Eat my breakfast
  • Brush my teeth
Is my bag ready? Lunch box, hat, water bottle, book bags etc.

Be reasonable about what you expect children to accomplish depending on their age.

After school

By having the same after-school routine every day children learn what is expected of them. This helps to teach them to take responsibility for themselves and their belongings as well:

Take lunch box and drink bottle out of school bag as soon as they get in
  • Get changed out of school clothes
After school snack if hungry (once the above two things have happened)
  • It’s a good idea to let them have a short wind down/quiet time. There are a lot of exciting, busy things going on at school in a day and they may not want to be hounded with conversation and questions just yet.
Once they have recovered it’s a good time to hit the homework (It may be that you want to set a time for homework everyday then your child knows what to expect. Leaving it till too late in the day or evening can make it too hard to concentrate or clash with dinnertime). Once all this is done and over with they are then free to play as they wish.


Try to keep bedtime leisurely and stress free. 
Rushing your child might make him or her feel you don’t have enough time to spend with them and may make it harder than it needs to be. 
Figure out a schedule that best fits your family but try to incorporate the following:

quiet time together one-on-one,
bath or shower,
teeth brushing
story time and a snuggle then lights out.

Story time can be adapted as your child gets older. As they get bigger story time could become their own reading time in bed before lights out.

For more advice or information on establishing routines in your family please contact the Public Health Nurse through your school.
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Take the stress out of school lunches. Follow these ideas for lunch box fillers. They are quick, full of nutrients and your children will love them.

Sandwiches are a lunch box favourite, the possibilities are endless
Use a variety of breads; wholegrain rolls or loafs, wraps, pita pockets, french sticks, english muffins, fruit bread and wholegrain bagels. Fill with a selection of ingredients including lettuce, lean ham, grated carrot, edam cheese, sprouts, the list goes on. Be innovative with presentation try pinwheels, club sandwiches, pizzas or sandwiches cut with cookie cutters as these are more appealing and interesting for children

Three sandwich combinations you may not have tried:

  • Pineapple and low-fat cheese sandwiches
  • Mouse traps – grated low-fat cheese and marmite on bread, grill in oven until cheese has melted
  • Club sandwich-three layers of wholegrain bread, lite cream cheese and jam

Something for the non- sandwich eater

  • Corn thins or cruskets; topped with tomato and lite cream cheese
  • Leftovers from dinner
  • Rice salad
  • Pasta salad; cooked pasta, corn kernels, diced tomato, grated carrot sliced lean ham

Nutritious lunch box snacks

  • A piece of fruit, you can make fruit such as oranges more appealing and easier to eat by cutting into wedges
  • An assortment of dried fruit, low fat cheese chunks, vegetable sticks e.g. carrot, celery and cucumber
  • Popcorn (butter and salt free) makes a great substitute for a bag of chips.
  • Avoid those high fat and sugar muesli bars instead try fruit scones, mini savoury muffins, bran & banana muffins or fruity bran loafs
  • Sweet snack fix; fruit kebabs, jelly with fruit, custard, stewed fruit, dried fruit

Remember: always include fruit or vegetables to ensure your child achieves the recommended ‘5 + a day’.


The role of the Public Health Nurse