Healthy Early Years Award (HEYA)

The Healthy Early Years Award (HEYA) offers a unique opportunity for settings to work towards a quality assured programme, helping to improve health and wellbeing for under 5s.

Helping families to make healthier choices remains a national focus. In Southampton, obesity rates are similar to the England average, but these levels are still unacceptably high. Addressing obesity through healthier nutrition and physical activity choices in addition to improving oral health is a priority for the city.

Participating in the award will help you to provide a healthier environment for children in your care. It will help families to make positive choices and provides practical support (and CPD) for early year’s practitioners.

You can find out more about the award and the views of some Southampton settings by watching the Southampton Healthy Early Years Award video below.

Southampton’s HEYA was originally developed in 2009. In 2017 it was redesigned and piloted, to make it more accessible and practical to achieve.

There are six stand-alone awards at three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Settings begin with bronze awards in Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. Once both have been achieved settings can move on to silver if they wish. At this level there are three awards to choose from: Healthy Eating, Healthy Mouth and  Physical Activity. Settings who undertake and complete all three awards will have the opportunity to move on to obtain the HEYA Gold award. All awards are valid for three years and all progression steps must be taken within the 3 year period.

All awards paperwork and guidance are accessible online. Completing a self-assessment form is the main piece of evidence required for the initial bronze level. At silver level, attendance at training is required in addition to submitting all relevant evidence. On this page, you will find the information to undertake each level of the award.

Please note: when submitting awards for assessment, you will only be able to submit a maximum of 5 additional pieces of evidence. The majority of the evidence should be submitted by completion of the self-assessment form.

Please read all flow charts and instructions before starting any of the awards and contact the HEYA team to advise them of your interest.

All correspondence and submissions must be sent to: Submissions will be passed to the relevant assessor who will aim to provide feedback within one month.

You can also follow us on our Facebook page, and download our OFSTED flyer here.

What settings have said about the award SHOW

Why should I consider working towards the HEYA? SHOW

HEYA achievers SHOW

HEYA Bronze Award SHOW

HEYA Silver Award SHOW

HEYA Gold Award SHOW

Training dates SHOW

Expiring awards SHOW

The HEYA team SHOW

Are you a school interested in HEYA? SHOW

Promoting active travel SHOW

Mental health and wellbeing SHOW

Charges for settings outside of Southampton City SHOW

Contact us

For all queries and submissions email and a member of the team will get back to you.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team please call:

  • Angela Elliott on 07970 759851 or
  • Rachel Watson on 07773 317632

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