Nursery places for two to five year olds are available for more information
please call 01535 605272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funded places are 8.45am to 11.45am for mornings or
12.30pm to 3.30pm for afternoons, or 8.45am to 3.30pm for two and a half day places.
30 hours places also available for 3 year olds.
Wrap around provision times are from 7.30am-5.30pm Monday - Friday
Good oral health is now part of the new national Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This is because tooth decay is largely preventable yet it remains a serious problem. In 2015, a quarter of five-year-olds had experienced tooth decay, having on average 3 or 4 teeth affected. The areas with poorer dental health tend to be in the north and in the more deprived local authority areas. In 2015 to 2016 the cost of tooth extractions was approximately £50.5 million among children aged 0 to 19 years. There were 7,926 episodes of children aged under 5 years having 1 or more teeth extracted in hospital because of tooth decay Poor dental health impacts not just on the child’s health but also their wellbeing and that of their family. Children who have toothache or who need treatment may have pain, infections and difficulties with eating, sleeping and socialising. A quarter of 5-year-olds have tooth decay when they start school. Children who have toothache or who need treatment may have to be absent from school and parents may also have to take time off work to take their children to a dentist or to hospital. Oral health is therefore an important aspect of a child’s overall health status and to children’s school readiness. The risk of tooth decay increases as a child’s diet starts to include foods and drinks other than breast milk or formula, depending on the free sugar content.
See our leaflets on Oral Health and Toothbrushing support and Sugar Swaps below for useful tips.
If your child continues to use a dummy or bottle with a teat for too long this can adversely affect their oral health and delay their speech. For useful information and tips to help support you in weaning your child off their dummy and/or bottle please see our bottles and dummies leaflet.