Dental Playbox® Session with Andrea and Alex in Cheadle

On the 26th of April, another nursery has been successfully added to the list of places the Dental Playbox®’s has visited. Our experienced Dental Playbox® Facilitator, Andrea, visited Goodwood Lodge Nursery, in Cheadle. With her there was her loyal puppet Alex and also Lucia, the new Action for Sick Children volunteer.

What is the Dental Playbox®?

Our Dental Playbox® Project started 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.

Andrea and Alex at Goodwood Lodge Nursery

Andrea with the whole class

This time our Dental Playbox® Facilitator, Andrea, and Alex the puppet stopped at Goodwood Lodge Nursery in Cheadle and met a group of 18 children aged from 1 to 4 years old. The Dental Playbox®’s Team was glad to see that the feedback received from the manager, who attended the session, was excellent and especially that all children enjoyed learning about oral hygiene and healthy eating in a playful way. Everyone listened very attentively to Andrea’s story about Peppa Pig’s adventures at the dentist. After, they were able to properly answer Andrea and Alex’s questions about how to brush their teeth.






Andrea and Luke dressed up like a dentist



However, the parts of the session that the kids loved the most were definitely when they could brush the puppets’ teeth and when they could dress up as dentists.




Alex while getting his teeth checked and brushed




In turns the children checked Alex’s mouth and made sure his teeth were clean. They enjoyed their task behaving like proper serious dentists, even with masks and glasses!




The two youngest little girls enjoyed themselves


Even the two youngest pupils of the nursery learnt a lot from Andrea and Alex’s session! They really enjoyed brushing the teddies’ teeth. Once again children showed us you are never too young to learn about the importance of a healthy mouth!







Supporting the Dental Playbox®

If you would like to ensure the Dental Playbox® receives support, you can donate via our JustGiving page by clicking here. Alternatively, the project accepts donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste (suitable for children aged under 6) to include in brushing bags like the ones given out at Fairway Primary School. Donations can be dropped off at the Action for Sick Children office: 10 Ravenoak Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7DL.