Bodmin Preschool Celebrates National Award Success

A Bodmin Preschool has picked up a prestigious national award during the Youth Sport Trust’s 2022 Conference for its commitment to physical activity, PE and sport. 

The Bodmin Preschool was presented with the national children’s charity’s Outstanding Early Years Physical Literacy Practice Award during a ceremony in Coventry on 2 March.  

Sponsored by Decathlon, the award recognises a pre-school which has harnessed the power of physical activity, PE and sport to transform the lives of young people. 

Two years ago, Bodmin Preschool attended the Youth Sport Trust’s Healthy Movers Physical Literacy training and made a member of staff (Louise Pay) a Healthy Movers Champion. Louise returned to her pre-school and fully embedded Healthy Movers across the whole EYFS framework.  

Louise worked with other staff at Bodmin Preschool to ensure everyone was fully aware of Healthy Movers and she took baseline physical literacy data to help measure progress, including linking to improvements in other areas of the children’s development – most notably, improvements in communication and language, and personal, social and emotional development.   
 
Bodmin Preschool worked with other settings in the area to share good practice and support other settings on their physical literacy journey. It introduced parents to the programme and invited families in for Stay and Play sessions opening up lines of communication on other aspects of learning. Ofsted visited Bodmin and praised its work in embedding Healthy Movers, mentioning the activity packs and parental engagement in the final report.    
 
Healthy Movers at Bodmin Preschool has transformed provision and evidenced how Healthy Movers can improve children’s physical literacy and make a significant difference to young people’s lives. 

Ali Oliver MBE, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said: 

“The Youth Sport Trust would like to congratulate Bodmin Preschool, the winners of our Inspiring Changemakers Outstanding Early Years Physical Literacy Practice Award. They have demonstrated a huge commitment to the central role of play, sport and physical education in young people’s recovery from the consequences of the pandemic – using it to build back wellbeing and accelerate academic progress.  

“The Youth Sport Trust Annual Awards dinner took the 10th anniversary of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games as its theme. It was an inspiring moment for us to come together and celebrate both the legacy of 2012 on a generation and those behind the scenes who work so hard to build brighter futures for young people through the power of sport every day. We would like to recognise and thank all the educators who have given so much to young people throughout the pandemic.” 

A total of nine awards were presented at the Youth Sport Trust Awards Dinner hosted by former Paralympic swimmer Kate Grey and broadcaster and retired sprinter Jeanette Kwakye MBE. All awards aligned to the theme of ‘Inspire a Generation’ linking to the 10th Anniversary of London hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games.   

Louise Pay, Healthy Mover Champion at Bodmin Preschool, said: 

“We are very proud of the work that we have achieved delivering Healthy Movers to our children in the setting. We know from feedback from parents and carers that we are making a real difference to children’s physical, emotional and overall wellbeing. 

“We hope that we have built the foundation for children to continue to be aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. We also as a team have made changes to our own lifestyles implementing various healthy aspects such as walking and moving more. We thank the Healthy Movers team for all their support and encouragement for us to make a real difference for everyone involved in this programme.” 

The wider Youth Sport Trust 2022 Conference took place in Coventry on 3 March with hundreds of headteachers, school sport professionals and businesses in attendance. The event saw Children’s Commissioner for England Dame Rachel de Souza give an opening address alongside other high-profile speakers including a virtual address from the Minister for Children and Families, Will Quince MP, who gave an update on government’s new School Sport and Activity Action Plan, and the important role it sees for sport in education.   

  

Attendees also had the chance to network, make new connections, and take part in workshops. For more information please visit www.youthsporttrust.org/ystconference2022    

To learn more about Healthy Movers in Cornwall, please contact Samantha Lawrence at samantha.lawrence@cornwall.gov.uk

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