Dental Playbox® Session at Premier Preschool

 What is the Dental Playbox®?

We set up the Dental Playbox® project in 2007 in response to the alarming increase in dental decay in young children. It continues today to not only reduce this issue but also to stem the ever-increasing numbers of young children becoming hospitalised due to tooth decay. According to statistics, over one third of children in the UK have tooth decay by the time they start primary school!

The project’s key aim is to teach young children about the importance of good oral hygiene, healthy eating and to prepare them from an early age for a trip to the dentist. This is all done through the powerful medium of play. Play is crucial at the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) so the project slots in perfectly with the curriculum. If a setting in the Oldham area books a session they will receive a visit from Cheryl, who is our Oldham based Dental Playbox® project Facilitator.

Premier Preschool’s Dental Playbox® Session

“The setting had a visit from Cheryl from the Action for Sick Children Dental Playbox® team. The children really enjoyed the visit and were very engaged and enthusiastic about the activities. They particularly enjoyed dressing up and taking on the role of the Dentist. Once the session had finished the children were keen to carry on talking about the Dentist and looking after their teeth. As a result we incorporated this interest into our role play for the week. The children enjoyed taking on the role of the dentist and also taking it in turns to wait to have their teeth checked. We also used toys and practiced cleaning their teeth too.

Dental Playbox® Session

Cheryl did a great job delivering the Dental Playbox® Session!

The children really engaged with all aspects of the role play and learnt a lot about keeping their teeth healthy.

Following on from the visit we sent home a toothbrush, toothpaste, and information leaflets with every child. We also sent home a teeth cleaning chart, to encourage the children to clean their teeth at least twice a day. This also helped us to involve parents as we also sent home an information letter and asked parents to send in photos of their children cleaning their teeth. We then turned these into a display that included the children’s teeth cleaning charts, children’s voices, photos of them cleaning their teeth at home, and being involved in the activities within the setting.

In order to continue with our parent involvement and the children’s enthusiasm we put together a story sack for the children to take home and share with their family. The sack included a story, big set of teeth and brush and a mirror so they could look at their own teeth.

We have had lots of positive feedback from parents that their children have been talking about the Dental Playbox® session, keeping their teeth clean at home, and eating healthy foods for their teeth.”

Booking a Dental Playbox® Session

If you would like the Dental Playbox® to visit your school or nursery, contact Sarah on 0161 486 6788 or drop her an email – sarah@a4sc.org