In September all the Nurseries signed up to The Soil associations Food for Life Award.
Since then we have been looking at all things Food!
The award is split into 4 sections
- Food quality
- Food leadership and food culture
- Food education
- Community, partnerships and parental engagement
We have introduced a new menu in November which meets the Voluntary food and drink guidelines and we are close to having all the sections approved. We will keep you posted with our progress!
Our new food policy which hopefully you have all seen (download is available on the website if not!) outlines our food philosophy. Our decision on birthday cakes not being allowed in the setting was a little controversial at first, but I think that most of you have accepted this now, thank you for your support.
We have dedicated staff hours to ensuring that whilst in nursery the children will learn all about food. From growing to cooking and the best bit of all…eating new and healthy food. Our staff have also been introduced to new foods so this award is helping everyone at the nurseries to be open to new healthy food.
The growing season is coming! Jen, our Food For Life Coordinator has a new colleague, Andy. He is joining the team to help with all things outdoorsy! He will be supporting Jen to build new raised beds for planting, helping to keep the outdoor areas clean, safe and tidy as well as helping the children meet the Food Education element of the award. We are all really excited to welcome Andy to the team. Say hello if you see him around.
Grandparents Growing Event 14th-18th March. More information to follow
Some of our staff team will be attending the Food Initiatives Nutrition Education (FINE) training organized by Kirklees Council. This training will mean that the staff will be qualified to deliver healthy eating training….look out for our cook and eat sessions in your nursery!
The children have been on visits to the market and other local shops to see where food is sold in our communities. On these outings many new foods have been introduced to the children and staff.
We have celebrated Chinese New Year with food tasting and learning about other cultures. We look forward to continuing to celebrate other cultures and look forward to your support with this.
Please support our Stay and Play sessions in each nursery, where you can. It is so important that we engage families into children’s learning. Most of our sessions are based on the food for life criteria. Follow us on FaceBook so you don’t miss out!
In the summer term we will be taking preschool children to Stirley Farm at Almondbury to experience a working farm.
It you would like to get involved with the Food For Life Award in any way, please contact your settings Nursery Manager, we would love to see you involved. Thank you