The Healthy Smiles award programme supports services working with young and primary school children to adopt tooth-friendly practices. By implementing the seven standards of the award, each participating setting helps to increase the dentist attendance of children in their care. They also promote positive oral health messages to the children, staff and parents. In everyday practice they provide only tooth friendly snacks and drinks; a key practice to help reduce tooth decay.
Participating settings are invited to register and book onto the free Healthy Smiles training. Settings also receive a visit from a team member to go through the standards and offer any support. Evidence is then required to show that all standards are being met; certificates are then awarded to show successful accreditation! An award ceremony is being planned for January 2016. Currently 30 children’s centres are participating in the programme for 2015/16.