Eddie and Friends DVD and Resource Pack for Early Years

Eddie and Friends is a series of animated films written and created for Early Years.  This resource is designed to engage around hydration and nutrition, while developing numeracy and literacy skills. The latest animated film, Normalising Disability, helps preschool children to understand and normalise disability.

The films are aimed at 3 to 5 year old preschool children. Eddie and Friends is based around the main character Eddie, an elephant, and his adventures at Multi-Colour Cottage. Visitors to the cottage learn about the importance of drinking water, eating healthily, looking after their wellbeing and normalising disability.

Just £99 plus VAT

  • Educational films with accompanying resource packs
  • 3 episodes in first series
  • Topics include hydration, nutrition, literacy and numeracy
  • Tackles the difficulties around disability
  • Interactive – making learning fun and entertaining
  • Early years – 3 to 5 year olds

DVD and Resource Pack includes

  • Film on DVD and USB drive
  • Episode 1 Wellbeing, Episode 2 Literacy, Episode 3 Normalising Disability
  • Parent and Teacher Guide
  • Worksheets, stickers, pee chart
  • Topic information
  • Online portal

Online Resources Portal

  • Live stream Eddie and Friends Episodes
  • 3 interactive Eddie and Friends games
  • Worksheet Downloads
  • Lesson Ideas and Subject Guides Downloads
  • Healthy Eating Guides and Recipes
  • Single User Licence

Normalising Disability

This animation aims to help preschool children understand and normalise disability with the character Tammi the Tortoise (voiced by Baroness Grey-Thompson) who meets Eddie and his friends. Early years professionals have been involved in the project and the script was created in collaboration with the Centre of Independent Living in Kent, making it a educational as well as entertaining animation for young children.

How to order

Just £99 plus VAT.   Some delivery charges may apply – please enquire

To order your Eddie and Friends Film and Resource Pack, please call us on 01622 834834 or  send us an email enquiry and include your contact name, name of school, postal address and phone number.  Delivery usually takes between 3 to 5 working days.

How the project started…

Back in April 2009, our research identified that hydration of Pre-school age children plays a crucial role in reducing the likelihood of obesity in later years* as well as enhancing concentration, changing behaviours and reducing fatigue and headaches.  However, although there were specific legal requirements by OFSTED for fresh drinking water to be available at all times, a huge challenge for Pre-school groups was and still is, the provision of this – in facilities that are often used for a number of other purposes, such as village halls, community centres, etc.

Tackling this challenge was an exciting new initiative that echoed the efforts of Jamie Oliver’s School Dinners campaign, focusing on hydration in Pre-school groups.  And so Wellbeing People’s ‘We love Water’ initiative was born.

Working with Kent based theatre, Hazlitt Arts Centre, local Early Years groups and Kent County Council Children’s Services Partnership, the development of interactive learning sessions came about and the character ‘Eddie the Elephant’ emerged.

Eddie the Elephant

Eddie, a loveable cuddly elephant (life-size!) educated groups of Pre-school children about the importance of hydration and healthy eating.  Working with the theme of ‘an elephant never forgets’, our friend Eddie needed the help of his young crowd to help him remember to drink water and eat healthily.

It was clear from an early stage that the life-size Eddie – an actor dressed in a costume, was both cumbersome and occasionally a little scary to some! Eddie quickly resized, and became a hand puppet controlled by the same actors.

The story worked and the children loved him, talking about him for weeks and making the connection with drinking more water straight away.

As part of the ‘We Love Water’ Pilot  Project, every participating Pre-school was also given drinking water bottles for each child, wee charts to help the children understand about their adequate hydration and stickers – providing a visible means of monitoring the water intake and a motivation for drinking the water.

The research and feedback

Almost all the pre-schools began to see the benefits – both in terms of children’s behaviour and the convenience of the water bottles for the children accessing drinking water. An amazing 73% saw positive effects on the children, particularly with many of them drinking more water as a result of the project.

Practitioners told us the children enjoyed having their own water, giving them independence and responsibility for their bottle. Parents have also noticed children using their bottles to drink more, illustrating positive changes at home as well as in the Pre-school groups.

The programme also offered support to the Practitioners running the Pre-school group by providing education packs for the staff. 71% of practitioners described the education packs as good, with a further 16% finding them excellent.

*Beverage Intake Amount Pre-school Children and Its Effect on Weight Status, Paediatrics, 2006,118, e1010-e1018

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