Dental Playbox® Visits Brooklands Nursery
What is the Dental Playbox®?
Our Dental Playbox® Project was initiated 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.
Our Dental Playbox® Facilitator, Cheryl, works with schools and nurseries in the Oldham area. Back in November 2017, she visited the children at Brooklands Nursery to deliver a session. The fun didn’t stop there as staff decided to continue where Cheryl left off, and continue to teach the children about the importance of dental hygiene. They provided lots of fun activities with resources from the Dental Playbox®. The children all dressed up like dentists and even got to clean a dragon’s teeth! They read stories together and sang songs that Cheryl had provided in the teacher resource pack.
Staff at the nursery also made their own laminated sheets with teeth on so the children could make marks on the teeth with pens. They then used a toothbrush to clean the teeth for 2 minutes.
All parents were sent home with a tooth brushing chart and advised to help their children brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes. All children will receive a certificate from the nursery when they bring the completed charts back.
“Our preschool group is now doing a topic on keeping healthy and making a fruit salad today to try new taste and textures.” – Marie from Brooklands Nursery
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org