Since November 2020 our children’s chef Sarah has been working with Melanie, an Early years Nutritionist to provide the children a nutritious and healthy balanced diet each day.
Sarah says, “I like to think that working towards this accreditation gives the parents peace of mind that their children are getting the best start at Sunny Days, combining healthy eating and exercise, with activities such as dance, yoga and rugby tots. Thanks to working with the Early Years Nutrition Partnership the menu has changed quite significantly and I now have a greater understanding of the importance of a healthy balanced diet for young children, especially as obesity is at an all-time high in children within our local area.
The menu now includes beans, pulses, carbohydrates, and protein, all balanced out during the day/ week for the children’s nutritional needs. I think it’s great to give the children opportunities to experience different tastes, textures, flavours, and from different cultures around the world from a young age. To begin with, the children were a bit wary of the new flavours, textures, smells as they may not have experienced them before, but as time has gone on, they have started to enjoy the new experiences they are having together.
We also encourage the children to serve themselves so we can teach them the right portion sizes to put on their plate; this is also a fantastic learning opportunity when it comes to hand to eye coordination and developing fine motor skills. In addition, parents and staff have taken part in a food and nutrition survey and the overall opinion and feedback is outstanding which gives me the confidence to know that parents and staff are on board for a new healthier start in life for the Sunny Days children.”
To see what our parent’s think, have a look at the testimonials on our ‘yummy food’ page!
We are thrilled to announce that we have now been awarded our food and nutrition accreditation by Melanie at the Early Years Nutrition Partnership.