Following the closure of the Children’s Food Trust in 2017, Action for Children became the guardians of the Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings in England and took the lead on delivering Eat Better, Start Better training programmes.
These training programmes, designed for health and early years professionals and practitioners, aim help improve children’s nutrition in early years settings. They cover the importance of nutrition for young children, review key aspects of the voluntary guidelines and show how the guidelines can be implemented in early years settings. Eat Better, Start Better ensures that there are consistent messages on young children’s nutrition and that teach practical ways of providing the right quantity of healthy foods through menu planning.
RSPH accreditation confirms the high quality of these training programmes and how well they have been designed to meet their learning objectives. The programmes are supported by excellent resources, which have been updated to meet recent changes to the voluntary guidelines.
Shirley Cramer, CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH said: “It is vital that those providing food for young children understand their nutritional requirements, as is illustrated in the Voluntary Guidelines. RSPH is delighted to be able to support the promotion of healthy eating in the early years through our accreditation of Action for Children’s Eat Better, Start Better training programmes”.
Claudia Albrecht, Healthy Lifestyles Project Manager at Action for Children said: "We are so honoured to be able to continue the journey and be the guardians of the Children's Food Trust Eat Better, Start Better Programme and so pleased to achieve the accreditation with RSPH. At Action for Children we believe that getting children eating well for life means starting early. With the Eat Better, Start Better Voluntary Guidance and Training programmes we can continue to support Early Years Settings, children and their families across England to eat well, prepare healthy meals and achieve healthy habits that will last a lifetime".