Healthy nurseries serve up awards

Picture of staff and children at all the award winning nurseries (Horn End Stafford missing) with the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Ray Sutherland, Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health and Howard Thomas, Head of Environmental and Health Service
Picture of staff and children at all the award winning nurseries (Horn End Stafford missing) with the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Ray Sutherland, Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health and Howard Thomas, Head of Environmental and Health Service

Nurseries from across the Borough have received the top award for helping improve the health of their youngsters.

Five nurseries recently achieved platinum level – with a further two striking silver in the Borough Council scheme.

The Nurturing Health Award was introduced in 2011 aimed at supporting people working in the early year’s sector to provide healthier lifestyles for young children.

The scheme offers four levels of award with platinum being the highest that a nursery can achieve. In total six nurseries have now reached platinum with many more meeting the gold, silver and bronze standards.

The nurseries are judged on the menus they provide to the children – ensuring that they create a healthy, balanced and varied diet.

The latest ‘platinum’ winners are: Butterflies Day Nursery, Honeybuns Nursery Group, Horn End Stafford, Horn End Hixon and the Dolly Mixtures Day Nursery.

The two ‘silver’ nurseries from Stone were Meaford and Meaford Fields Day Nurseries. Children and staff were presented their certificates by the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Ray Sutherland.