Nutrition and learning
2 May 2015
Busy Bees Training oversees 700 trainees on catering apprenticeships or short courses. Here, Fay Gibbin explores health and nutrition, and the development opportunities now available to early years chefs.
EARLY YEARS chefs are ambassadors for healthy eating within a nursery setting. As a nation with over a fifth of children aged four and five-years-old classed as clinically obese or seriously overweight, the role of an early years chef has never been more important.
The World Health Organization (WHO) regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges of the 21st century (www.noo.org.uk/NOO_about_obesity/child_obesity). Obese children and adolescents are at an increased risk of developing various health problems, and are also more likely to become obese adults.
Nurseries have an important role to play in ensuring children have a healthy start in life, from teaching the basic rules of hygiene and dental care to encouraging physical activity and, of course, promoting a healthy diet.
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