A PAIR of Stafford nurseries have become first in the county to earn a top award in a scheme aimed at improving children’s health.
Butterflies Day Nursery, which is part of Stafford College, and Honeybuns Nursery Group on Lichfield Road, received certificates from Mayor of Stafford Borough, Brian Cross, for achieving Platinum level in the Nurturing Health Award Scheme.
Honeybun’s manager, Steph Robinson, said the scheme was very interesting in that it met all the needs of the children and went into great depth on their daily healthy lifestyle.
“I just hope with the good start they have already had in the nursery by having healthy eating they will follow it through as they get older,” she said.
Sue Tatler from Butterflies, said she was ‘delighted’ with the award and said the scheme had helped establish an ethos of healthy lifestyles which she hoped children could adapt to their homelife as well.
“The children are enjoying the meals, although some recipes and ingredients took longer to get used to than others,” she said. “The menus have been adapted so parents can really understand the actual ingredients that we use.”
Both nurseries worked alongside Stafford Borough Council to achieve the award and help the council become the only district in the county where a nursery had attained platinum level.
Councillor Frank Finlay said it was great to see two nurseries attain the highest level in the scheme.
“We want all children to have a healthy start in life and this is an important programme which will also benefit parents and carers too,” he said. “Health and wellbeing is a top priority for the council and this type of scheme can help us ensure youngsters are getting a healthier start in life.”
For any nurseries or pre-schools wanting further information on the awards go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/nurturing-health-award, email email@example.com or ring 01785 619318.
Meals on offer at the nurseries include vegetable and bean casserole with mushrooms, carrots, Swedes, celery, onions and leeks served with new potatoes and peas or homemade rice, thai green curry with naan bread and rice served with fresh melon and strawberries and homemade salmon or cod fishcakes with broccoli and layered potato bake with fresh fruit and yoghurt.