Why get involved?There are many benefits to getting involved with the Food for Life Early Years award programme. Here are just some of them:
- Demonstrate giving children the best possible start: Your Food for Life award shows you're providing the nutritious food that plays a crucial role in a child's development as well as creating the foundations for a lifetime of good food choices.
- Show parents that healthy food and healthy behaviours are important to you: In a recent survey, over 80% of parents said they would welcome independent verification of food provision and food accreditation in their child’s early years setting. Instil confidence in them by demonstrating you are meeting clearly laid out criteria verified by an expert, independent organisation.
- Be a beacon of best practice; demonstrate you are meeting Voluntary Food & Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings, link to UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative standards and the government guidelines to nutrition in the first year of life.
- Provide evidence for Ofsted that you are meeting the Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework requirement to support children to keep themselves healthy.
- Focus your efforts with our wealth of resources, specialist support and menu of training, developed and delivered by experts.
- Enrich the curriculum: Your Food for Life work offers numerous opportunities to support wider learning through practical growing, cooking and tasting activities as well as food-related topics.
- Enhance links ‘beyond the nursery gate’: The Food for Life framework encourages engagement with parents, carers, schools and the wider community through food-related activities.