From Smelly Monday to Feeling Friday … NDNA’s nursery health and wellbeing campaign makes great sense

Olympic silver medallist and campaigning mother Gail Emms is helping National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) to launch this year’s Healthy Body, Happy Me campaign.

Nursery children will be learning all about the senses, from Smelly Monday, March 27, to Feeling Friday, March 31.

Youngsters at Head Start Nursery in Milton Keynes Village where Gail’s son Ollie attends joined in some of the activities for the 2017 campaign which encourages children to take an interest in health and the world around them.

Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “We are very excited about this year’s campaign which many of our members have already signed up to.

“It’s becoming more important each year for children to understand how to be healthy and happy in mind and body.

“But for 2017, we have a special sensory theme, and our activities – developed by early years experts – will encourage the children to explore a different sense on each day of the week.

“Expect lots of fun and outdoor play, with a real purpose as the children investigate what each sense is for.”

Activity guides for each day of Healthy Body, Happy Me which runs from 27 until 31 March are available for anyone to download free of charge from NDNA’s website at

Nurseries can also download a poster and certificate for the week.

Activities include:

Smelly Monday – have a special fragranced sock hunt and find out all about sneezing
Tasty Tuesday – enjoy cooking and eating tasty snacks – have a tasting trek outdoors and work out which foods are sweet and which are sour
Watchful Wednesday – go outside and explore colours and shadows – what happens at the opticians?
Listening Thursday – go for a listening walk – what sounds can you hear?
Feeling Friday – try out “touch” stations – how do objects feel?

Badminton star Gail, who is now an ambassador for Youth Sport Trust promoting achievement through sport participation, said: “It was great to join in the nursery activities and find out more about the senses.

“Part of my role is to encourage children to fulfil their goals through activity and sport so any campaign which encourages them to think about their bodies and physical literacy is an excellent way to spend time.”

Gail will be speaking about inspiring children to achieve through physical literacy and sport at NDNA’s conference on 30 June in Manchester. 

The Healthy Body, Happy Me 2017 campaign is sponsored by NDNA partners Citation Professional Services and Hope Education. Anyone signing up could win an Apple Watch courtesy of Beneficial Life (London Ltd) or £50 of vouchers.

Nurseries taking part in Healthy Body, Happy Me are asked to post their photos and comments about the campaign on twitter and facebook – using #healthybodyhappyme