We are delighted to announce that all the Children’s Centres in Greenwich have signed a pledge to support Good Food in Greenwich! Thanks to the hard work of Alison Haworth at Public Health, and the children’s centres themselves, they have all come up with some excellent ideas for pledges to support the initiative. The children’s centres have been part of an incredible award this year as part of the Unicef Baby Friendly Award. In January this year, Greenwich was awarded Unicef Baby Friendly across all 3 services – Children’s Centres, Maternity Services and Health Visiting – the first borough in the country to achieve this award across all 3 services.
It is testament to the commitment of the Children’s Centres to the health and well being of their local communities that they work so hard to implement pledges that support their families.
The pledges range in nature but all involve working in their centres to be more healthy and sustainable. For example, Storkway are promoting the healthy eating apps with parents, especially the Sugarsmart app. Shooters Hill are introducing a food taster session in the Stay n’ Play, Alderwood and Greenacres will grow some fruit and vegetables in the stay ‘n play sessions and Vista Field and Eltham will waste less food and start composting. Vista Field nursery is having 2 meat free days per week!
The Homestart Children’s Centres have pledged to start a small scale food growing programme in the ‘Together for Two’s’ programme and print off relevant menus for parents, while the East Children’s Centres will continue to offer sessions where families can cook from scratch and increase the amount of fairtrade produce they buy.
Cardwell Children’s Centre will encourage life-long learning about food and health, Pound Park will promote cooking cheap, healthy and tasty meal from scratch, Eglinton will support and encourage families to grow, cook and eat their own food produce and Mulgrave will promote cooking cheap, healthy and tasty meal from scratch.
We know that starting young is crucial to help install good habits in children, and these pledges mean these lucky tots will be learning about food and the importance of not only eating a healthy balanced diet, but also growing and disposing of food the right way from a very young age. Involving families together encourages lifelong learning and is a great way for parents and carers to spend time with their children.
We are so delighted to have all the Children’s Centres signed up with us and would like to thank them so much for their support with Good Food in Greenwich!
If you work with a school, community group or business and would like to make your own pledge, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and help with taking that first step!