Two-time ‘Food for Life Served Here’ award for Childbase Partnership nurseries
There was cause for celebration as Childbase Partnership nurseries were accredited with the sought-after Soil Association ‘Silver Food for Life Served Here’ award for the second consecutive year.
Following a sustained approach to nutrition, dedicated nursery teams were delighted to retain the prestigious award through the use of ethically sourced ingredients in home cooked meals; including the children’s home-grown produce and salt and sugar-free food, in addition to use of suppliers committed to environmentally friendly and ethical production and teaching at the setting which emphasises the importance of healthy eating and lifestyles.
Within individual age-appropriate nursery rooms, colourful displays designed to capture the imagination support these messages, whilst food plays a key role in daily activities, from celebrating diversity in marking multicultural festivals with traditional ingredients, to growing herbs and vegetables in the garden outside, where children also learn key maths, science and conservation skills.
New menus are now being created for the coming autumn and winter months by Childbase Partnership Health, Safety and Environmental Advisor and Educatering Magazine ‘Nursery Caterer of the Year 2019’, Liberty Butcher, incorporating the continued use of organic ingredients and dedicated weekly meat-free days.
Childbase Partnership Health, Safety & Environment Director, Mark Bird explained;
“Maintaining our ethical and sustainable catering credentials off the back of a tumultuous year is a strong achievement. We took the decision to partner with the Soil Association in 2017 via their Food for Life Served Here award scheme as a value added feature for existing and new customers. To hold the award at any level a business must demonstrate compliance with the relevant governing bodies with regards to the recipe and menu design. This acts a visual verification for our customers that the food being produced daily is nutritious, healthy and balanced.”
“Eating right is a big topic for all and this is increasingly focused on sustainable and ethical food produce choices. By adapting our menus to offer a broad range of protein sources, including plant-based alternatives, we are also reducing the embodied carbon within the meal offerings, supporting our pledge to achieve net-zero emissions as a company by the year 2030”, he added.
The 'Food for Life Served Here’ accreditation is subject to annual inspections to ensure strict adherence to the criteria is maintained and improved, when possible, taking into account the latest research.