Friday 12 October 2018

Pictured (Front row, L-R):
Wonthaggi White Road Kindergarten students Georgia Henry, Willow Bradley, Paislee Butler and Olivia Dell

(Back row, L-R): Bass Coast Health Health Promotion Officer Phoebe Ruffin and Pre-School Educator at Wonthaggi White Road Kindergarten Ebony Knox.


National Children's Week (Friday 19th to Sunday the 28th of October) is an annual event which celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood with the theme of ‘A Caring World Shares’. The week encourages children to demonstrate their skills, talents and abilities and families can be involved in a range of activities or events which are run throughout this week.

National Children's Week (Friday 19 to Sunday the 28 of October) is an annual event which


Oral health greatly contributes to overall wellbeing in childhood and Bass Coast Health (BCH) coordinates the Smiles 4 Miles Program which addresses oral health issues in pre-school aged children. Oral health is more than merely having a good smile. It is essential for children to have good oral hygiene to keep them happy, pain-free and healthier. Smiles 4 Miles was developed by Dental Health Services Victoria and implemented in partnership with BCH throughout the Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shires.


Four early childhood services will receive a Smiles 4 Miles Award during National Children’s Week, recognising their work to improve the oral health of some of our youngest community members. These services are Wonthaggi White Road Kindergarten, Mirboo North Kindergarten, Inverloch & District Pre-School and Wonthaggi Drysdale Street Kindergarten.


Services achieve the Smiles 4 Miles Award by implementing healthy eating and oral health policies, engaging with families about the importance of oral health, and educating children through a variety of fun learning experiences based on the Smiles 4 Miles key messages – Drink well, Eat well and Clean well.


Tooth decay can have a considerable influence on a child’s health, wellbeing and quality of life. Tooth decay is the most common chronic illness in children and if left untreated, children can endure difficulty sleeping, pain, discomfort and difficulties chewing. This in turn, can affect growth and development, self-esteem and speech.


Ebony Knox, Pre-School Educator at Wonthaggi White Road Kindergarten says the program is a great way to help children have healthy teeth and gums for life.


“Good habits are formed early. Children take lessons they learn at a young age with them, right up to adulthood. By promoting good oral health behaviours early in life, we can decrease the likelihood of poor oral health later in life,” Ebony said.


Remember the three steps to healthy teeth and gums.

  1. Drink well- Drink tap water or plain milk and avoid sugary drinks like cordials, juices and soft drinks
  2. Eat well- Eat a variety of nutritious foods each day and limit sugary foods, particularly between meals
  3. Clean well- Brush teeth twice daily. Adults should help children until at least the age of 7.