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This e-newsletter has information about child/tamariki health issues for Early Childhood Education Services staff across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts.  This newsletter is sent once per term.  If you would like to subscribe, fill in your details here.

29 October 2018

Kids Health Panui

This edition covers 5210 - The Healthy Way to Go, farm visits, sun safety, a readership survey and the preschool public health nursing service.

5210 - The Healthy Way to Go

Tamariki across the Bay of Plenty are being given a head start on healthy habits thanks to a brand new range of health resources given at their routine B4 School Check. 

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board and Toi Te Ora Public Health have developed a range of resources called “5210”, which feature local scenes and local people teamed up with some simple messages to help make the healthy choice the easy choice.  Not only are these resources being distributed at the B4 School Check, but also via general practices, early childhood centres, and dental clinics around the Bay.

Public Health Nurse, Debbie Trenberth, has been handing out the resources as part of the B4 School Check and says they help to generate healthy conversations with whānau and drive home the simple 5210 message. “We have some great new resources that can be easily understood to help kids and their families remember to go 5210 everyday. These include the 5210 bags and stickers.”  She adds, “The resources remind families that we need to eat five vegetables and fruit a day, cut down kids screen time to less than two hours, be active for an hour or more each day, and have zero sugary drinks but drink water or milk instead.”

Dr Alison James, a Tauranga GP, was part of the team that helped develop the resources. “The resources can be used by anyone in the community, so that families and whānau see these messages and are encouraged to live them wherever they go.” She adds, “If kids can live 5210 every day, then they are learning healthy habits which will help prevent chronic illnesses, like diabetes, when they are adults.”

Health practitioners can also access specific resources to support conversations with whānau about their child’s food, sleep, and activity, as well as to help families set goals towards creating healthy life-long habits.

For 5210 resources and information, visit


Farm Visits

With the arrival of spring, many ECE services organise class trips to farms.  While these are great opportunities to see animals and the rural lifestyle, care must be taken to ensure adults and children don’t come back with an unpleasant illness.  

Many bacteria and viruses that make people sick are commonly found in the guts and manure of farm animals such as cows, chickens, pigs, sheep and horses.

When visiting a farm:


  • Ensure the children wash their hands with soap and water and dry them well after touching animals and before eating.

  • Bag up boots and clothing that has animal poo on it – keep poo contained!  And ensure they are cleaned thoroughly afterwards.

  • Ensure hands are washed when you leave the farm. If hand hygiene facilities are not readily available, wet wipes and then hand sanitiser may be a good alternative.


  • Drink raw (unpasteurised) milk;

  • Drink water from streams;

  • Eat in paddocks, barns, milking sheds, or anywhere else animals are present;

  • Kiss the animals.

SunSmart Accreditation: Protecting our tamariki from the sun

Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) during childhood and adolescence is a risk factor for skin cancer later in life. New Zealand, along with Australia, has the highest melanoma rates in the world. ECE services are places where children spend much of their time when the sun’s ultraviolet rays are at their strongest (between 10am and 4pm).  ECE services have an opportunity to protect tamariki by creating a SunSmart environment and practices. 

The Cancer Society offers a FREE online professional development module for early childhood educators that can be completed in less than an hour. This is a great opportunity to upskill your staff about when and why we need to protect our tamariki from the sun. 

The Cancer Society also has a SunSmart accreditation process for ECE services to encourage SunSmart practices. To be accredited, you must have in place a SunSmart policy (see this example policy). The policy covers areas such as shade, clothing, hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, role modelling, and sharing SunSmart information with tamariki and their whanau. 

A SunSmart Health Promoter will visit your ECE service to ensure your policy meets the required standard. They will also provide hats, sunscreen and Undercover Cody resources. There is also an opportunity for SunSmart accredited ECE services to have Undercover Cody visit them during the upcoming roadshow. 

For more information or to arrange a visit from your local SunSmart Health Promoter visit their website or email  

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Preschool public health nursing service

For the Bay of Plenty District

In the Bay of Plenty, ECE services have a Preschool Public Health Nurse (PPHN) available for you to access. We work with children and their families around a wide range of health issues such as behavioural, toileting, developmental and social issues.

We also help children whose needs are not being met by the available services, or who need reconnecting into available services.

You can contact your Preschool Public Health Nurse at Community Health 4 Kids Services on (07) 577 3383 for Tauranga or (07) 306 0944 for Whakatāne. You can also make a referral directly to

For further information on this service in the Bay of Plenty please refer to the blue Preschool Public Health Nurse Service Folder in your preschool centre.

For the Lakes district

A registered nurse is happy to take calls and queries regarding health concerns and point preschool teachers in the right direction if she is unable to assist you herself. The phone number for the Preschool Public Health Nurse in Rotorua is 0800 MYNURSE.

You can also contact the Well Child Nurses at Rotorua and Taupō Plunket, Tipu Ora in Rotorua and Tuwharetoa Health Services in Taupō/Turangi.


The aim of the Kids' Health Pānui e-newsletter is to provide information about child/tamariki health issues to staff of Early Childhood Education Services (ECE Services) across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts. This health information can then be passed on to parents and whānau via your own ECE Service newsletters.

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