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An evaluation of dental information sessions provided to childcare educators in NSW in 2010–2011 Volume 24 Issue 3

Jennifer M. Noller

NSW Public Health Bulletin 24(3) 135-140 Published: 23 December 2013

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Jennifer M. Noller | Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW Ministry of Health

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Jennifer M. Noller | [email protected]


Childcare services provide ideal settings to promote good oral health and help reduce tooth decay in young children. This paper reports the results of an evaluation of the dental information session component of the NSW Little Smiles Program provided by public oral health service professionals to childcare educators in NSW in 2010–2011. The evaluation sought to determine if a face-to-face information session provided to childcare educators by oral health professionals: (i) can improve the confidence of childcare educators to reach national quality standards that relate to oral health; and (ii) is an appropriate model to use. In 2010–2011, 163 dental information sessions were provided to 1716 participants from over 526 childcare centres across NSW. Results showed that a dental information session can improve the confidence of childcare educators to assist their service to reach the required national quality standards for oral hygiene and diet-related oral health issues. Further evaluation is required to determine if oral health can be embedded in the daily practice of childcare services and other options need to be explored to deliver the sessions in a more cost-effective way.