Kids celebrate healthy award

Children with nursery head chef Margaret Turner (right) and assistant Rhona Goulden (left)
Children with nursery head chef Margaret Turner (right) and assistant Rhona Goulden (left)

When it comes to getting your five-a-day, youngsters at Ashleigh Nursery School in Longton, are top of the class.

The nursery is celebrating after being given a South Ribble Borough Council Healthy Eating Award for Children’s Nurseries.

The award scheme sees local nurseries given the challenge of improving children’s diets by reducing salt, sugar and fat and upping fruit and vegetables at mealtimes.

Ashleigh nursery manager Jennifer Ward, said: “We are incredibly proud to have achieved this high standard in healthy eating. All our staff and children have been involved working towards the award and the experience has been hugely beneficial to us.

“We have had some positive feedback from parents too, saying that they are delighted with the changes we have made to make healthy eating a priority.”

The council has launched the Healthy Eating Award Scheme for Children’s Nurseries to help combat childhood obesity.

Nurseries have been targeted as most of the central government resources for healthy eating currently go into schools and it was felt that introducing healthier foods at an early age would help form good eating habits for the future.

Mayor of South Ribble, Coun David Suther, said: “This award is well deserved and shows that Ashleigh Nursery School is dedicated to teaching children the importance of a healthy balanced diet.”

Local nurseries are invited to enter the award scheme.

For details on how to apply visit www.southribble.gov.uk.