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O.C.C. Early Years Providers Forum

Valerie told an audience of Early Years professionals:

“We continue to design and test healthy and appropriate recipes for the children’s menus and are hoping to make some of these seasonable rotations available for other settings to use soon. Settings who like us don’t have a “Celebrity chef” to cook for them, may wish to followour proven route for delivering easily sourced, healthy food to their Nursery children on a budget.

We are also developing a Fun-Food Education Programme for integration withinThe Early Years Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum. This underpins our healthy eating provision and ensures that as children move on from their “Childcare” environment, and are faced with the plethora of junk-food options set before them, that they can make healthy life choices for themselves.

We are also strengthening our partnership with parents to make simple cookery a fun-based parenting activity in the home. We have always featured healthy food in our Parents Newsletters and on our Website but we are now trying to collaborate with other nursery settings and Children’s Centres across Oxfordshire.”

As a qualified teacher with a Food Science & Nutrition degree from QEC, London, Valerie is one of the dying breed of home-economics teachers. She went on to say: “ I believe I am able to understand how to design successful children’s recipes and implement fun-food education as appropriate to the Early Years Foundation Stage - which obviously includes the necessary and oh-so-important cookery lessons!”

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