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Parents Want Clearer Standards For Nursery Food

27/12/2010 18:22 | Updated 22 May 2015

Do you know what your kids eat when they're at nursery? A recent study of 1,000 parents, conducted for the Better Nursery Food Now campaign, suggests that many parents are concerned with the lack of nutritional standards in nurseries.

Ever since Jamie Oliver stormed into schools and demanded a healthy range of options for dinner, the government has concentrated on providing parents and children alike with high nutritional standards. However, there are currently no clear nutritional standards in place for the food served in nurseries.

At the moment 600,000 children attend nursery, some of whom might be spending up to ten hours there, which means your nursery might be providing the majority of your child's meals.

Currently, around 22.8 of parents want to see some legally enforceable rules for the nutritional standards of food in nurseries. 82 want to see nurseries get rid of any foods with additives that are linked to behavioural or health issues. 94% of parents believe training is key for nursery staff when it comes to cooking for their children.

In order to get these legal rules in place, they'll require funding and a government department that can ensure the quality of the food provided is high.

If you'd like to support the campaign, you can email your MP asking them to sign this petition http://www.soilassociation.org/Takeaction/BetterNurseryFoodNow/EmailyourMP/tabid/662/Default.aspx and you can also sign up to the petition yourself at http://www.nurseryfood.org.

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