Various campaigns and studies to do with schools and drinking water conducted over the last decade or so have produced a mixed bag of results.
One thing is clear though – a hydrated child is a much happier child for a number of reasons. This fact, combined with you, as the parents, leading by example and ensuring that drinking water is readily available makes for a holistic approach to hydration. Here are a few examples of why:
It boosts learning
- The key to boosting the capacity to learn is to keep well hydrated throughout the day.
- When we are thirsty, mental performance including memory, attention and concentration can decrease by about 10 per cent. Pupils concentrate better because they are not distracted by the effects of dehydration such as thirst, tiredness and irritability.
- Children will achieve more when both their health and learning needs are met. Ensuring access to water and promoting a regular water intake throughout the school day is a vital role in promoting health and providing a healthy learning environment.
- Drinking adequate amounts of water regularly throughout the day can protect health and contribute to well-being.
- Drinking adequate amounts of water can help prevent a range of short and long-term health problems from headaches, bladder, kidney and bowel problems to cancer.
- Water has none of the health problems associated with drinks containing sugar, additives, sweeteners, acids or caffeine.
- By keeping yourself hydrated, you teach your children good drinking habits. Good for them, good for you.
Your Water Bottle
The school provides a school water bottle that all children can access at any time when in class.
This bottle can be kept in school, where it will washed daily, or children are free to take it home to wash and return with it the following day, should they prefer.
All bottles are clearly labelled. They also have a safe lid to prevent spillage and therefore may be taken to PE sessions.
Children are also able to bring in a drink from home to keep in their lunchbox for dinner.