Acorn Childcare has become one of the first nursery groups in the UK to receive a new national award for excellence in children’s food and nutrition.
Acorn’s nurseries, located throughout Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire, have achieved the Children’s Food Trust Award, a new accreditation scheme to help schools and early years settings show parents their commitment to helping children eat well.
It means that Acorn Childcare has met tough criteria on their food policy, menus, the dining experience children have, staff training, giving children opportunities to learn to cook, and how actively staff encourage children to eat healthily.
Clare Bayliss, Quality Manager at Acorn, said: “We have always believed in providing freshly prepared meals of the highest quality, and by working towards this award meant that we could check with the experts that we were doing things correctly”
Acorn Childcare will now continue to work with the Children’s Food Trust to maintain high food and drink standards.
Rob Rees MBE, professional chef and Chair of the Children’s Food Trust, said: “When parents are choosing a school or nursery, we always want to know what the food is like.
“We want to know our kids will be getting great food and that they’ll be encouraged to eat well.
“This award gives parents that peace of mind. It’s a clear sign that children are getting a great foundation for a healthy start and Acorn Childcare sets a great example.
“Congratulations to the whole team, we’re delighted to welcome you on board as one of our first award winners in the East of England.”