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Startwell is an obesity prevention programme targeting early years settings across Birmingham.

These early years settings include children’s centres, day nurseries, nursery schools and pre-school play groups. The programme is based around 8 key messages. It supports settings to improve healthy eating and physical development through creating a healthier environment for children and families, whilst also enabling them to achieve the Startwell award. Startwell is designed to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of early years professionals. 

Startwell achieves this by providing settings with nutrition any physical development support specific to their individual needs. Core elements of this support include:

  • Free centralised training to improve knowledge, skills and understanding of key healthy eating messages for children and families
  •  Training on how to effectively communicate and promote key healthy eating messages to children and families using a variety of activities which can be applied in settings.
  • Supporting settings to produce an action plan to improve their healthy eating and physical practices, as well as providing ongoing support to help settings to embed these in all aspects of their setting.
  • Individualised nutrition support from a Nutritionist to assist in the development of balanced and nutritious menus that meets national recommendations and the nutrition requirements of the children.       
  •  The Startwell website has lots of supporting information for parents and staff, including recipes, fact sheets, activity ideas and planning, displays and newsletter templates, case studies and signposting to further resources        

If you would like more information Startwell programme please contact Startwell at Gee Business Centre or on 0121 683 2303 or log onto the Startwell website

If your after healthy family recipes that have been developed by us please follow the link to our recipe page here:

Why not sign up on the Startwell website and receive regular updates about early years healthy eating and physical activity.    


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