Dental Playbox® Session at Norbury Hall Primary School – Kath and Peggy

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. At Action for Sick Children we continue 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 in fact, 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. Settings book a session and then receive a visit from a member of the Dental Playbox® team, like Kath.

Peggy and Kath at Norbury Hall

In March 2018, Peggy the puppet and Kath, our Dental Playbox® Facilitator, visited Norbury Hall Primary School. They did four successful sessions in reception and nursery!

Even though the Dental Playbox® has visited Norbury Hall Primary School on a number of occasions, across different age ranges from nursery to year 2, the recent sessions Kath and Peggy did were thoroughly enjoyed by all children and appreciated by their parents. Children had interactive, informative, fun and took part in age-appropriate activities, such as dressing up as dentists, sorting the food into lunchboxes, and brushing teddies’ teeth after having received a clear explanation about how to keep teeth healthy.

The children’s comments at the end of the sessions say it all!

Zoe Pollock – Age 3

 

I loved dressing up. We put on gloves and brushed Peggy’s teeth because she forgot to brush them. We talked about healthy eating, eating apples, pears, and broccoli. As snack we had a satsuma.

Ben Nagle – Age 4

 

 

 

Kath said not to drink coke because it has to much sugar in it! You need to brush two times a day, in the morning and night for two minutes. It’s a really long time!

 

 

 

Laura Meeny – Parent

 

“Charlotte has been obsessively brushing her teeth and recording on the chart!”

 

Booking a Session with a Dental Playbox® Facilitator

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