ERIC Number: ED438014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
The Healthy Kindergarten: A Model Project of Health Promotion in the Kindergartens of the Czech Republic.
Havlinova, Miluse; Kopriva, Pavel
Noting that the preschool period is important for the formation of individual habits and modes of behavior related to health, the Czech Republic initiated the Healthy Kindergarten (HK) Project, thereby expanding the Healthy School Project for primary schools introduced into the country by the World Health Organization. This report describes the HK Project and details procedures for its development and implementation at individual schools. Part 1 explains the objectives of the HK Project and sets out the 16 underlying principles. The first nine principles concern creating conditions for children's well-being and health: (1) a holistic health concept; (2) meeting children's needs; (3) spontaneous play; (4) free movement; (5) healthy diet; (6) self-esteem support; (7) social climate of respect and cooperation; (8) rules and rhythm; and (9) environmental comfort. The next two principles relate to education for a healthy lifestyle: (10) early education for a healthy lifestyle; and (11) experiential learning. The remaining five principles address support of social and professional partners: (12) kindergarten and family community; (13) participation in management and education; (14) teacher's healthy lifestyle; (15) kindergarten as part of the community; and (16) stress-free transition to primary school. Part 2 of the report outlines conditions for promoting children's well-being and health, presents a curriculum outline, and discusses ways to obtain support of community, parent, and professional partners. Part 3 details ways individual programs can participate in the HK Project and become part of its organizational network, and part 4 provides detailed information on how to develop a health project in an individual school. (Each part contains multiple references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Child Health, Childhood Needs, Classroom Environment, Educational Environment, Experiential Learning, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Health Education, Health Promotion, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Nutrition, Parent Participation, Play, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, School Community Relationship, Self Esteem, Self Evaluation (Groups), Stress Management, Transitional Programs
Czech edition available from: Spirala, Tresnova 4196, 767 01 Kromeriz, Czech Republic.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
Authoring Institution: Czech Republic National Inst. of Public Health, Prague.
Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic