Childhood obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges. Described by the UK Secretary of State for Health as a “national emergency”, 1 in 5 children are either overweight or obese when they start school. Early years settings have an essential role to play in helping to support parents to establish good eating habits at the earliest opportunity.
Nutricia UK aims to raise awareness on early life nutrition in nursery settings.
With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Nutricia UK and its local partner Pre‑school Learning Alliance co-created the “EYN Partnership” programme which provides ‘hands-on’ help by a network of nutrition professionals (Registered Nutritionists and Dietitians). It aims to further build the competencies of the nutrition professionals to enable them to establish their own networks with early years settings and parents in their local area. The professionals will empower settings to improve and enhance their whole setting approach to nutrition practice; enabling them to seek accreditation with the EYN Partnership Quality Mark and upskill their practitioners with a Level 3 CACHE award in nutrition and hydration in the early years.
The EYN Partnership is working to improve the future health outcomes of young children by setting a standard for nutrition practice in early years settings. Integral to this model is a commitment to support settings with the highest social deprivation needs.
Danone Nutricia raises awareness of the importance of good nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life, from conception to toddlerhood, to positively influence long-term health outcomes.
The ambition is that, in the future, every child in England aged under five will have access to expert nutrition support within their early years setting.