SSAFA Childminder Training – “How to set up a Home Based Childcare service” – RAF Akrotiri
Another group of childminders and assistants for Akrotiri and Episkopi have successfully completed the final part of the mandatory training required to become registered childminders with SSAFA.
School-age hearing screening is an integral tool in identifying children with hearing loss who were not identified at birth, lost to follow-up, or who develop hearing loss later in life. Without routine hearing screenings in schools, students with unilateral, less severe or late onset hearing loss may not be identified or may be misdiagnosed and managed. Undetected hearing loss may result in learning, behavioural or speech and language difficulties.
Over two hot days in June some unusual activity was taking place at 31 Tyrone Street in Episkopi. If you dared to look closely you would see that the place had been transformed into a 'horrible hazardous house'.
Akrotiri and Episkopi primary schools collaborated to create two 'Risk Days' as part of their year six pupils transition to secondary school. The School Nurses, Children's Nurses and Fire Service created the 'horrible hazardous house' as a learning tool to highlight potential dangers within the home, to teach the children fire safety and how to extinguish a fire. Children were also taught about heat exhaustion, the index factor and skin cancer.
For two days students visited the horrible hazardous house and used fire extinguishers to put out live fires to experience a simulation of a real house fire. They also played sun safety card games, made posters and searched the house to identify the 9 most common accidents that take place within the home.
Hosting the risk days was an absolute pleasure and a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with the wider community; working together for a safer future.
Helen Provan, School Nurse.
School Nurse Helen Provan and Dietician Nicole Walker have teamed up to make a positive impact on the health of young people in British forces Cyprus.
Helen and Nicole recently rewrote the National Child Measurement Program (NCMP) Policy for British Forces Cyprus and made some bold changes to the way in which they follow up our overweight/obese young people, therefore it was time to head to the classrooms to visit the year six pupils at Dhekelia Primary School.
Dhekelia Primary School is a healthy school with many ongoing initiatives to encourage pupils to increase their exercise and improve their diet. They have recently completely the 'Healthy Me' program which is a 6 week package to improve health, diet and exercise throughout the school community.
The students welcomed Helen and Nicole to their school and enjoyed showing them the geography immersion room. The team ran through the children's' jungle' to carry out year six's measurements. The team feel they are making positive steps by assisting Public health England with their 2017 plan to significantly reduce the rates of childhood obesity over the next ten years.
Helen Provan, School Nurse.
SSAFA'S Cyprus Branch Open arrives on Saturday September 30th.
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