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Health and Wellbeing: Taking Root

Assessing wellbeing and maintaining quality

From research we know that high levels of staff/parent wellbeing are linked to positive outcomes for children but in order to maintain and manage wellbeing across the setting to support everyone, you need a strategy and a structure that’s embedded and that everyone understands and is involved in.

Feedback from colleagues were that they found many awards schemes and assessments hugely time consuming, expensive and onerous to complete. They rarely involved the whole team and were not personalised to the setting which made it less meaningful.

The PurpleBee Start Life Well Wellbeing-in-action Toolkit and Award Scheme was born from our desire to create a wellbeing platform that helps all settings to solve and meet the real wellbeing challenges that they face with ease.

The Start Life Well assessment was really helpful in identifying strong areas that the setting is achieving positive outcomes for children and their families, and also identifying shortfalls that need improvements to enable children and their families to achieve their best possible outcomes.

Cheryl-Ann, Priory Primary School


Start Life Well is the only digital system that provides a comprehensive wellbeing audit that is unique to each setting and meets and exceeds Ofsted expectations around health and wellbeing requirements.




The programme provides essential wellbeing CPD for the whole staff team and seamlessly integrates with the settings existing systems and policies to support the wellbeing and development of children, parents and staff.



The assessment generates a personalised, detailed report and action steps to provide you with a map and blueprint for making improvements across the whole setting and ensures that you are meeting and exceeding your settings wellbeing standards.



I have completed other healthy eating awards in the past but ran out of steam towards the end. Start Life Well has given me ideas and understanding and because it is the preschool’s project it means more to the setting rather than just being given rules to follow.

Karen, Bitterne Community Preschool

Join our growing number of wonderful Start Life Well settings committed to introducing a health promoting approach that recognises the importance of supporting the wellbeing of everyone!

Abacus Ark
Abbott Community Primary School
The Barn Forest School
Beach Babies Nursery
Bitterne Community Preschool
Buttons Preschool
Cator Park Montessori Preschool
Duchy Pre-school And Playgroup
Duxford Pre-school
Ealing Hospital Childrens Centre
Gable House Nursery
Hassocks Happy Feet
Haverigg Nursery And The Clubbers
High Hesket CE Primary School
Humpty Dumpty Playschool
Imperial College Early Years Education Centre
Jude Wood Childminding
Kindred Bournemouth
Kindred Buttsbury
Kindred Durrington
Kindred Hainault
Kindred Hanwell
Kindred Harlow
Kindred Les Enfants

Kindred Odstock
Kindred Teddington
Kindred Wanstead
Kindred Les Enfants
Kindred Odstock
Kindred Teddington
Kindred Wanstead
Kindred Winterbourne Earls
Little Learners Preschool
Meynell Kindergarten
Old School House Day Nursery
Old Stratford Preschool
Paulette Biggs Registered Childminder
Priory Primary School
Quilters Out Of School Club
Spring Bedlington
Spring Bensham
Spring Blaydon
Spring Carousel
Spring Carousel
Spring First Steps
Spring Harlequin
Spring Honeypot Nursery
Spring Leam Lane
Spring Oscars Cramond After School Club
Spring Oscars Nether Currie After School Club
Spring Raf Cosford
Spring Raf Shawbury
Spring Scampton
Spring St Barts
Spring Thorpe Hamlet
St. Margaret’s Nursery
Time For Twos
Tinies Nursery
Tree House Out Of School Club
Windmill Montessori
Woodland Preschool

The Start Life Well assessment was extremely useful for me to see where we can improve as a setting. I loved how I was able to share this with the other staff in an easily accessible way.

Michelle, Meynell Kindergarten

Head to our dedicated Start Life Well website page to find out more. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

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About the Author:

Linda has been a passionate advocate for health and wellbeing in Early Years throughout her career. Known for her cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach, Linda is a well-known speaker at national and international conferences. Linda is CEO of PurpleBee, and co-founder of the PANCo qualification.