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Most parents expect childcare providers to seek nutritional advice

By Rachel Lawler
 
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Most parents expect their childcare provider to seek expert advice on nutrition, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by the Early Years Nutrition Partnership.
 
YouGov surveyed 800 parents with children aged one- to four-years-olds this summer. 82% of those asked said that they expected that their childcare provider would seek expert advice on nutrition.
 
Good nutrition practice
The survey also revealed that 90% of parents believe that it is important that their childcare provider has a good understanding of children’s nutritional needs.
 
Annie Denny, nutritional development manager at the Early Years Nutrition Partnership, said: “We’re impressed to see that parents and carers have high expectations about nutrition in early years settings as we believe childcare providers have a responsibility to get nutrition right in the early years.
 
“Our message is that by upskilling practitioners we can help them engage with parents on an exciting nutrition journey, that results in healthier and affordable meals in the setting, and likely inspiration and help for home too.”
 
Link to EYFS
Melanie Pilcher, quality and standards manager at the Alliance, added: “What I want settings to realise is that nutrition is the bedrock to delivery of the EYFS.
 
“A well-nourished child will have a better physical, educational, social and emotional development journey through the early years system.”
 
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