Smiles 4 Miles
Smiles 4 Miles aims to improve the oral health of preschool aged children in Victoria. It is an initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria, working in partnership with Lower Hume PCP to improve the oral health of the youngest children in our community. The program is based on the World Health Organisation’s Health Promoting Schools Framework and is delivered predominantly in kindergartens.
Within Lower Hume we currently have 41 services registered and reach 2046 kids.
The benefits to your early childhood education and care service:
- Participation in the Smiles 4 Miles program assists services to meet the requirements of the National Quality Standard.
- Participation also supports the progression of children’s learning in the outcomes articulated in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.
- Participation in a program that has been developed from the latest evidence for improving children’s oral health.
- Access to support and advice from health professionals experienced in children’s health.
- Ensuring your service is recognised as one that creates a healthy culture for children.
- Helping to establish healthy foundations at an early age that improve overall health and wellbeing.
- Implementation of a program that provides the opportunity to empower both families and children to improve their oral health.
- Opportunities to have your service recognised in the local media.
- Smiles 4 Miles award that demonstrate your commitment to improving children’s health in your community.
- Advanced standing eligibility for the Achievement Programs healthy eating and oral health benchmark; once received Smiles 4 Miles Award from 2015.
There are 3 key messages promoted through the Smiles 4 Miles program:
- Tap Water is the preferred drink
- Limit sugary drinks (especially between meals)
- Choose plain milk over flavoured
- Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods every day from the five food groups
- Limit foods containing added sugars
- Healthy meals and snacks are important for healthy teeth
- Brush teeth and along the gum line twice a day
- Children should use a low-fluoride children’s toothpaste from 18 months until they turn six
- Don’t wait for a problem. A child should see a health professional (Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Dentist, Oral Health Therapist, Dental Therapist or General Practitioner) by the age of two for an oral health check
- An oral health professional will discuss a child’s risk level and how frequently they need to visit for an oral health check
The Smiles 4 Miles award officially recognises your service for their dedication and commitment to improving the oral health of children in their care. The award is valid for two years.
In year 1, your service must complete each of the following 7 award criteria:
- Complete the early childhood survey.
- Educators participate in a Smiles 4 Miles initial face-to-face training session or online refresher training.
- Review the effectiveness of the Drink well, Eat well key messages (Drink well / Eat well Surveys completed in Term 1 & Term 3 or HEAS menu assessment if you supply food, using FoodChecker).
- A healthy eating and oral health policy is developed or reviewed.
- Learning activities are conducted around the key messages and evidence provided.
- Strategies for family engagement around the key messages have been implemented and evidence provided.
- Information regarding dental services available to children is provided to families.
In year 2, your service will maintain their Smiles 4 Miles awards by:
- Implementing curriculum activities focused on Drink well Eat well and Clean well throughout the year.
- Delivering family engagement activities focused on Drink well, Eat well and Clean well throughout the year.
- Providing information to families about accessing dental services throughout the year.
- Participating in a Smiles 4 Miles initial face-to-face training session (new staff only).
Children will receive a Brushboy toothbrush and toothpaste during the year as part of the Smiles 4 Miles program.
Registrations please contact:
Coordinator System Integration and Projects
Ph: (03) 5735 8094
Mobile: 0417 131 527
In Office: Monday to Thursday (weekly) & Friday (fortnightly)
* Awarded Services highlighted in orange
- Alexandra & District Kindergarten;
- Connect Early Learning Kilmore;
- Creating Futures Kindergarten;
- Dudley Street Childcare & Kindergarten;
- Eildon & District Kindergarten;
- Flowerdale Kindergarten;
- Killara Children’s Centre;
- Kilmore Childcare;
- Kilmore Community Centre Kindergarten;
- Kinglake Ranges Children’s Centre;
- Marysville Preschool;
- Marie Williams Kindergarten;
- Mt Piper Kindergarten;
- Nurture One Kilmore;
- Paisley Park Early Learning Broadford;
- Pyalong Kindergarten;
- Quality Kids Childcare & Kindergarten;
- Seymour East Kindergarten;
- Sutherland Street Childcare & Kindergarten;
- Wallan Kindergarten;
- Wallan Neighbourhood House OCC;
- Wandong Kindergarten;
- Yea & District Children’s Centre;
- Belinda Conway (MFDC)
- Beverly Howell (MFDC);
- Carolyn Bell (MFDC);
- Cherie Miller (MFDC);
- Crystal Stewart (MFDC);
- Ena Quinton (MFDC);
- Gina Porter (MFDC);
- Heather Rennie (MFDC);
- Jane James (MFDC);
- Jane Thomas (MFDC);
- Jodie Laws (MFDC);
- Kirsty Harratt (MFDC);
- Lesley Kreutzer (MFDC);
- Lisa Denby (MFDC);
- Lucy Wallis (MFDC);
- Lynne Barkley (MFDC);
- Mel Quinn (MFDC);
- Michelle Atherton (MFDC);
- Marlene Nettlefold (MFDC);
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