Start Right Eat Right Award at Merri
Funded by the Department of Human Services, this highly successful award program is now available across Victoria as a partnering program of Kids – ‘Go for your life’. With increasing rates of childhood obesity, children’s nutrition is a topic attracting a high level of interest. The Start Right Eat Right award recognises best practice in nutrition for children attending long day care centres.
Start Right Eat Right aims to increase the proportion of young children in long day care who are introduced to nutritious foods and age appropriate eating patterns in a positive environment. Child care centres have the potential to have an enormous positive influence on children’s food preferences. They are ideally placed to allow children to experience a wide variety of foods, providing a good starting point in the development of healthy eating patterns.
Start Right Eat Right training also enables child care professionals to better engage families and provide practical and consistent nutrition information on children’s nutrition.
Training is provided to both the Centre Director and Centre Cook by an experienced dietitian. To achieve the award, centres must then be assessed and demonstrate competency in:
- Planning and assessing menus to provide children with 50% of recommended daily intake
- Providing a positive mealtime environment
- Preparing a comprehensive nutrition policy for their centre
- Meeting food safety regulations.
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