Newham Community Nutrition Awards- Celebrating Success in the Early Years
To shine a spotlight on the fantastic work that’s taken place over the last year, we’re hosting our first celebration event! Join the Early Start Nutrition team for an evening of celebrations to honour early year’s settings who are putting nutrition at the heart of their practice.
Working in partnership with early year’s settings, we want to ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve a healthy weight and healthy smile. However, more and more evidence is showing the negative impact of poor availability of healthy and affordable food on children’s weight and oral health. That’s why we’re celebrating the achievements of early year’s staff who ensure children have the opportunity to learn about food, make healthy choices and create a positive environment to support readiness for school.
Our objective is to highlight the successes in supporting all children in Newham to have access to meals, snacks and drinks that are healthy, balanced and nutritious. We will be recognising early year’s settings with menus in-line with the Eat Better Start Better guidelines and those that celebrate children’s cultural and dietary needs. We will be reviewing settings approach to policy development, partnership working with parents and creating an eating environment to develop children’s social skills. We will have special guests including to present the awards including Rokhsana Fiaz, Mayor London Borough Of Newham
We will be announcing the full line up in January 2020! Book your place at this special celebration by clicking here!
We’ll be awarding early years settings and staff in the following categories:
- Nutrition Display Board of the Year
- Nutrition Activity of the Year
- Well-being Initiative of the Year
- Outstanding Baby Friendly Environment
- Practitioner of the Year- putting nutrition at the heart of their practice
- Menu of the Year *
- Outstanding Nutrition Provision *
* Early Start Nutrition we’ll be choosing the Outstanding Nutrition Provision and Menu of the Year awards, but all other categories will be open to you for nominations.
How to nominate
We invite you to nominate your early years setting or practitioner (nursery, childminders, children’s centre) who you believe has shown excellence and outstanding work in promoting evidence based nutrition messages in the early years. Self-nominations will also be accepted.
The winners of each category will receive an award certificate and prize.
Take a look at the award categories in more detail below.
Nutrition Display Board of the Year
The Nutrition Display Board of the Year will promote key nutrition messages that support children, families and staff to learn about how to achieve a healthy and balanced diet.
The display will promote simple evidence based nutrition messages that are easy for families to understand and build into their routine.
The winning display will be colourful, interactive and engaging!
Nutrition Activity of the Year
The winning activity will provide children and/or families with a positive and enjoyable experience to learn about food.
There should be clear learning about food objectives that are suitable for the age and ability of the children in the setting.
Activities should encourage children to try a wide range of foods and include home learning links for families.
Activities can range from gardening to cooking to education visits to supermarkets.
Well-being Initiative of the Year
Are you running well-being initiatives in your early years setting? This award category could be for you!
The winners of our well-being initiative of the year will be actively embedding activities into their settings routine.
There should be a clear objective for the initiative and evidence that it is supporting children and/or families to make/ maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Outstanding Baby Friendly Environment
Our Outstanding Baby Friendly Environment award winners will understand the importance of ensuring staff follow the UNICEF Baby Friendly principles around infant feeding and support families in safely feed their babies.
You’ll have worked on developing your infant feeding policy, which supports families with feeding and developing close, loving relationships, ensuring that all babies get the best possible start in life.
Staff actively use and signpost families to evidenced based information and support services. Staff working with children under 1 will have completed our Food and Nutrition for Infants training.
Practitioner of the Year- putting nutrition at the heart of their practice
Do you know a member of staff who goes above and beyond to promote good nutrition? This is the award to nominate them for!
Our Practitioner of the Year will be someone who works hard to advocate, promote and support children and families to understand the importance of good food and nutrition.
It could be a staff member who has lead on the roll out of a nutrition initiative or someone who has supported individual families.
Closing date for nominations is Friday 31st January 2020.
Date – Friday 14th February 2020
Time – 18:30-20:30
Booking Details: Visit our eventbrite page today to book your ticket to attend. Tickets are £5 per person and includes drinks and nibbles.
- 18:30 Welcome reception with a selection of drinks and nibbles
- 19:00 Awards ceremony and a word from our guest speakers
- 19:45 Networking
- 20:30 Close
Book Your Place Now as places are limited!
Confirmed Guest Speakers
- Rokhsana Fiaz, Mayor London Borough Of Newham
- Tim Aldridge, Corporate Director, Children and Young Peoples Services, Newham
- Tracey Schofield and Tahira Gynn, Early Years Improvement Managers, Newham
- Phil Royal, The All Party Parliamentary Group, A Fit and Health Childhood
- The Dental Wellness Trust
More to be announced shortly