Get an award

All Early Years settings and childminders can take part in Healthy Early Years London (HEYL) by registering online and completing First Steps.

Settings and childminders in boroughs with a local Healthy Early Years programme can then move on to apply for HEYL Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Achieving an Award can help you:

  • identify your own best practice
  • focus on areas to develop in health, wellbeing and education
  • work with parents/carers and health and other services to support families
  • generate evidence for Ofsted inspections

Steps to achievement:

  1. Register for HEYL by creating an account
  2. Log in to start your First Steps application
  3. Progress through our Bronze, Silver and Gold awards with the support of your borough lead

You can find your borough lead/contact once you are logged in as an early years setting or childminder.

If there is no contact listed for your borough, ask for support by emailing [email protected].

First Steps Award

Early Years settings/childminders should:

Bronze Award

To qualify for the Bronze Award, you will have to meet standards in:

  • personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • effectiveness of leadership and management

Early Years settings/childminders need to:

They can submit:

  1. A completed HEYL Bronze Award audit showing all criteria are met
  2. A copy of the Food and Drink Guidelines checklist showing all criteria are met
  3. The setting’s most recent Ofsted report (this lets the borough lead see how the setting is using HEYL to respond to health and wellbeing-related recommendations)

The borough lead will look at the submitted documents to see if the setting offers a good level of support for health, wellbeing and education.

Silver Award

Early Years settings/childminders should:

  • hold a HEYL Bronze Award
  • complete the HEYL Silver Award audit and meet all of the criteria
  • develop an aspect of work addressing one health, wellbeing or education priority
    1. Identify an area of work to develop based on local priorities and staff, families’ or children’s needs
    2. This priority can be universal or targeted and should demonstrate the setting’s approach to supporting all children’s health, wellbeing and education
    3. Write the work up as a case-study/learning journal

They can submit:

  • an up to date HEYL Bronze Award audit showing all the criteria are met
  • a completed HEYL Silver Award audit showing all the criteria are met
  • a case-study/learning journal showing the impact of the setting’s work to address one health, wellbeing or education priority

The borough quality assurance group will look at the submitted documents and judge if the setting demonstrates excellent practice.

Excellent practice means the setting is working beyond the essential requirements in the HEYL Bronze Award audit and can show the impact of their work.

Gold Award

Early Years settings/childminders should:

  • hold a HEYL Silver Award (for at least one year)
  • sustain work from the HEYL Silver Award case-study/learning journal
  • develop aspects of work on two further health, wellbeing or education priorities
    1. Identify two further areas of work to develop based on local priorities and staff, families’ or children’s needs
    2. One priority should meet the needs of a particular child or group of targeted children and one should support a whole (universal) setting approach to supporting all children’s health, wellbeing and education
    3. Write up this work as two case-studies/learning journals (Childminders only need to identify one priority and write one case-study/learning journal; this could be universal or targeted.)

They can submit:

  • an updated HEYL Bronze Award audit and HEYL Silver Award audit
  • information about how they have sustained the work from their HEYL Silver Award case-study/learning journal for at least one year
  • one targeted and one universal case-study showing the impact of the work (only one case-study/learning journal for the childminders)
Renew an Award

Each Bronze/Silver/Gold Award lasts three years. Renew an Award by submitting these documents:

Bronze

  • a revised Bronze Award audit
  • Food and Drink Guidelines checklist
  • most recent Ofsted report

Silver

  • updated Bronze Award audit
  • Silver Award audit
  • a new case study/learning journal

Gold

  • updated Bronze and Silver Award audits showing how work from one of their two Gold Award case studies/learning journals is being sustained
  • two new case studies/learning journals (one for childminders)

Help with applications

Are you in a borough that does not have a local Healthy Early Years programme? Then your HEYL Bronze/Silver/Gold Awards award application must be approved a different way.

Find out how to get this support and quality assurance by emailing [email protected].