Our childhood nutrition Cook and Grow Programme helps children understand about where food comes from and the importance of healthy eating.
We place a lot of importance on ensuring that our children are looked after, cared for and are fed well. We cook our own meals and use just one supplier that delivers to all of our nurseries. If you want to know more about our approach visit our page on childhood nutrition and menus.
Alongside this we also want to help children to understand more about the importance of good nutrition and encourage them to understand where food comes from.
Our Cook and Grow Aims
Our practitioners are guided on how to teach children about food and encourage a healthy understanding of childhood nutrition. Our Cook and Grow aims include:
- Each nursery has a growing area within the nursery which is used by the children and maintained regularly
- For all children to know where their food comes from
- For all children to learn the importance of eating healthy foods and making healthy choices
- Children to have regular opportunities to grow and care for plants and vegetables within the nurseries
What is included in the programme?
Our team regularly think of new and fun ways to get children learning and involved in food, so not only do we hold company-wide initiatives such as our recent Allotment Challenge; we also have a standard approach to ideas and activities that nurseries can use. For example:
Childhood nutrition activity title: Vegetable Printing
Why we do it: Talking about healthy and unhealthy foods and where they might come from. Also the different fruits and vegetables that we eat, like and grow, using these to create healthy eating art.
What you need:
- Selection of coloured paint
- Different size paper
- Selection of different fruits and Vegetables
How you do it: Cutting the fruits and vegetables into smaller chunks suitable for the aged children, dipping these then into your paint and pressing down onto your piece of paper. These can then be laminated once dry to use as decorations or made into craft work. Handy Tip! Use the paint sparingly to achieve detailed print.
For more information on childhood nutrition, please contact a member of the team.