The national, voluntary guidelines will provide nurseries, childminders and other early years providers with a source of information about food they should offer young children, portion sizes, sample menus and advice on tackling fussy eating. The guidelines build on work already done by organisations supporting the sector with regards to healthy eating and nutrition.
Purnima Tanuku OBE, Chief Executive of NDNA, said: “NDNA welcomes and is fully supportive of these new guidelines which will help children to get a healthy start in their early years and hopefully instil a healthy eating attitude which will last a lifetime. NDNA played an active role in the Advisory Panel on Food and Nutrition in Early Years and is supporting the School Food Trust with the development and dissemination of the guidelines.
“We will be working with our member nurseries to help them to understand and implement the guidance well in their settings and to encourage parents to continue the healthy eating message at home.”
NDNA is committed to promoting healthy outcomes for children and its annual health campaign, ‘healthy body, happy me’, will take place from 12 to 18 March 2012.
NDNA also provides advice and information to support nurseries with healthy eating through training, quality improvement programmes and publications. NDNA’s ‘your essential guide to cooking tasty recipes’ and ‘your essential guide to nutrition and health in your nursery’ are currently on special offer and can be bought together for just £20 for NDNA members, or £30 for non-members. Go to www.ndna.org.uk/
Notes to editors:
• National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is a national charity representing children’s day nurseries across the UK, giving them information, training and support, so they can provide the best possible care to young children. NDNA is the voice of the sector, an integral part of the lives of nearly one million children and their families
• ‘Healthy body, happy me’ is NDNA’s annual healthy lifestyle campaign, now in its fifth year. More information can be found at www.ndna.org.uk/
• For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Lindsay Garfitt, Senior PR and Policy Officer, on 01484 40 70 66 or Lindsay.Garfitt@
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National Day Nurseries Association is a national charity representing children’s nurseries across the UK, giving them information, training and support, so they can provide the best possible care to young children.