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Healthy eating on childminders' menu

Healthy eating is on the menu for theses registered childminders who are the first in Swansea to earn a new award.

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The Gold Standard Healthy Snack Award demonstrates they are committed to encouraging good eating habits among the youngsters they care for.

The scheme, which is a partnership between Swansea Council's Prevention and Early Intervention team and ABMU, has been running in nurseries, after school clubs and flying start centres in the city.

Now Karen Llewellyn, Helen Wilson, and husband and wife Vikki and Ashwyn Thomas are the first childminders in the city to earn the accolade.

They have achieved the award by showing a commitment to providing healthy snacks and drinks and ensuring food is prepared and served hygienically and in a suitable environment.

Karen said she would encourage other registered childminders to think about applying.

"Mainly it was only doing what we were before anyway in terms of healthy eating but it's nice to be recognised."

As well as a certificate the childminders receive a window sticker for their home or premises showing they have met the required standard.

Cllr Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: "The foods our children eat can affect their health and there is national concern that some are eating too many snacks that are high in sugar and low in nutrients.

"This can cause dental disease, weight problems and serious health issues in later life.

"Providing healthy snacks such as fruit and vegetables with healthier drinks like water and milk is one to ensure your child is healthy.

 "I would congratulate all those who have achieved this award and helping Swansea Council and our partners to give our children the best start in life."


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