Aims and objectives:
• To provide Early Years cooks with a basic understanding of food labelling information and how to interpret this information when considering the use of pre prepared foods for children under 5.
This training course combines theory and practical cookery. It provides cooks with the skills to produce healthy, nutritious foods that young children will eat.
The practicalities of cooking in the childcare setting means that pre prepared foods e.g sauces, stocks, yoghurts, cakes and baked goods can be a useful and suitable choice as part of some meals. The nutritional need of young children are not the same as adults and older children and there is a particular focus on the amount of salt, saturated fat, sugar and additives we should give children under 5. Cooks need to be able to choose appropriate pre prepared and convenience foods with confidence.
Food labelling is a complex issue in the UK with multiple systems used. This training will enable cooks to be check and compare different products to ensure they are choosing the most appropriate.
• Training will combine theoretical nutrition in the early years with practical cooking and eating master classes.
• All ingredients for practical elements of the training will be provided by Grub4life.
Theory training includes:
• Getting to grips with labels- General ingredient info, GDAs, Traffic lights, A little and a lot.
• Establishing parameters and guidelines for the early years
• Portion sizing
Practical cooking and eating session:
• A selection of Grub4life recipes which incorporate pre prepared foods and ingredients. Participants will use the skills learned in the theory session to select the most appropriate products. Recipes will also demonstrate use of different protein sources and varied fruits and vegetables.
This is a basic outline of the training module but of course sessions can be tailored to an individual child care setting needs.
Certificate awarded upon successful completion of course.
For further information and to discuss your requirements contact Nigel Denby RD at