Healthier Child project

The Healthier Child project is a new initiative run by Northamptonshire County Council and NHFT to help combat the growing problem of childhood obesity within Northamptonshire.

The project started in September 2014, and there are currently 84 Primary Schools participating in this academic year.

With a team of four dedicated Healthy Child Advisors, we provide tailored 1:1 support for schools including guided self-assessments and action plans to help them improve Health & Wellbeing within the school community.

Our work focuses on three key areas:

  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity (including PE and Sport)
  • Mental health and wellbeing

The University of Northampton have been commissioned to carry out some research alongside the Healthier Child project to gather evidence of the impact the project is making.

Benefits of the project

  • Free support and advice on health, physical activity and wellbeing for the school by the school’s dedicated Healthy Child Advisor
  • Linking schools up with local partners to deliver healthy lifestyle activities within the school (e.g. Sports, School Nursing & Weight Management)
  • Access to a wide range of services and free resources
  • Help children perform better through schemes of wellbeing and behaviour management
  • Develop skills of the school staff team (Continuous Professional Development opportunities)
  • Help school apply for additional funds and grants available from local businesses
  • Help with OFSTED preparation, and meeting OFSTED guidelines and standards for health and wellbeing

Examples of what we do

Watch a feature on the Healthier Child project from Anglia TV in February 2015.

For healthy lunch box tips view the document below:

The two case studies below are from schools currently participating in the project, and outline what the Healthy Child Advisors have been helping the schools to achieve:

The following quotes are from schools participating in the project:


"Parklands Primary School has been part of the Healthier Child Project this term and we are delighted to be part of an initiative that will strengthen our existing good practice. We have been really pleased with the support we have received so far, which is enabling us to focus on a specific area of pupil well-being (healthy eating). This is very pertinent because of new initiatives such as the Universal Free School meal offer and the revised Design Technology curriculum with an increased emphasis on food technology and nutrition.

"Victoria [Healthy Child Advisor] has attended several planning sessions here and we used the [Healthier Child] assessment tool at both a staff and governors meeting. The next steps, to liaise with parents and pupils are in hand and we are ready for our Family Funs training and roll out later this term.  It has been great to have a guiding hand from Victoria and this is enabling us to meet the targets in our plan"

Sally Gedny, Head Teacher, Parklands Primary School


"I think the project so far has enabled us to evaluate what we are doing already and to look at what we need to do in order to ensure that we meet the criteria required to be a healthy school. We have already made some adjustments and intend to continue to work towards embedding all of the elements into our school."

Janice Mardell, Head Teacher, Overstone Primary School


"I feel the project is steering us in the right direction towards improving the health of our children and their families. We have been working on a Healthy Eating Policy which we hope will encourage very good practice regarding food choices."

Nicola Wilson, PSHE lead / PE lead, Our Ladies of Walsingham Primary School


"...the project has facilitated useful links with agencies and projects (e.g. the health service, the Change For Life project) that perhaps otherwise would not have happened and that will prove to be very useful in the coming months.”

Janis Zakis, Principal, Freeman Endowed Junior Academy


“I really do feel that the Healthier Child project is very important. This project gives us the opportunity to help further children, parents and the wider community about being more healthy. Something that is exceedingly crucial - especially in Northamptonshire! Promoting healthier minds, bodies and lives will definitely impact on our future”

Emma White, PSHE lead, Walgrave Primary School


"The Healthier Child Project is an excellent framework for us to progress forward and address aspects of Health and Wellbeing that we haven’t done before. With [Paul’s] knowledge, we are able to progress through the assessment focussing on the parts that are important to us."

Julie Letts, Head Teacher, Silverstone Church of England Junior School

How can you take part?

If you belong to a Primary School in Northamptonshire, and would like to participate in the Healthier Child project, please email and we will contact you shortly.


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