Our response to the latest chapter of the UK Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy

Wednesday 27th June, 2018, London – The Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYN Partnership) welcomes chapter two of the Childhood Obesity Strategy, published today by the Department of Health, particularly section five that outlines how Ofsted will conduct research into focussing more on educating children about healthy food and lifestyles within the EYFS curriculum.

EYN Partnership Board Member and CEO of the London Early Years Foundation, June O’Sullivan MBE, commented on the publication of chapter two the Childhood Obesity Strategy saying:

“The childhood obesity crisis is real, and it’s happening right now. It’s vital that changes are made quickly, to try to tackle this growing problem. Targeting the early years is so important, as that’s the easiest time to ensure children and their parents or carers implement positive eating behaviours that will last into adulthood.”

“It’s encouraging to see that Ofsted will be taking some positive steps towards improving education around healthy eating within the EYFS, but more needs to be done to ensure proper guidelines are in place to support early years settings to improve positive eating habits for the children in their care.”

“Improving early years nutrition can be a difficult task that requires expert help from qualified professionals. It’s not just about providing good food, we must ensure that early years practitioners have the knowledge and skills, such as chef training, to provide the best possible environment for young children to develop healthy habits. The Early Years Nutrition Partnership is already implementing this kind of tailored support to settings, and Ofsted has previously recognised this contribution.”