The National Health Service (NHS) birthday is celebrated on 5th July every year, marking the anniversary of its establishment in 1948.
In early years education, it can be an opportunity to teach children about the importance of healthcare, the roles of various healthcare professionals, and how to stay healthy.
Here are some activities you can consider for the NHS birthday celebration:
Thank You Cards: Encourage children to create thank you cards or artwork to show appreciation for healthcare workers. These can be sent to local hospitals or healthcare facilities.
Role Play: Set up a pretend hospital or doctor’s office in the classroom, and let children role-play different healthcare roles like doctors, nurses, and patients.
Healthcare Heroes: Invite a healthcare professional (e.g., nurse, doctor, or paramedic) to visit the classroom and talk about their job and the importance of the NHS.
By incorporating just some of these activities into your early years setting, you can help children understand the significance of the NHS, the role of healthcare professionals, and the importance of maintaining good health.