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Evaluate national and local initiatives which promote healthy eating.

QualificationLevel 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit nameUnit 1.1: Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
Learning outcome: 1. Understand the impact of food and nutrition on children’s health and development.
Assessment criteria: 1.2 Evaluate national and local initiatives which promote healthy eating.

For this assessment criteria, you will need to research national and local initiatives that have been developed to promote healthy eating and evaluate their effectiveness.

The government, for example, introduced the National Healthy School Standard in 2016 to encourage children to eat healthily at school. And there are many other examples, such as Birmingham City Council’s initiative with Jamie Oliver to provide free fruit and vegetables outside schools.

You will need to assess the effectiveness of these initiatives, and provide a conclusion based on your findings. For example: ‘The National Healthy School Standard has been successful in promoting healthy eating among students.’ You may also want to discuss how well they have worked with other policies or what other types of initiatives should be considered.”

Other national and local initiative which you may wish to look at include the following:

  • -The London Food Strategy, which set out objectives to improve the quality and availability of food in schools.
  • -Leicester City Council’s ‘Healthy Eating for All’ campaign, which aims to promote healthy eating with a focus on children aged 0–11 years old.
  • -North East Lincolnshire council’s Healthy Eating Charter initiative where businesses pledge support for healthier lifestyles by making pledges such as improving menu labelling or providing free fruit at reception.”

“While these initiatives have been effective in promoting sustainable behaviour change among students and other populations they are limited without additional policies that address key stakeholders involved in achieving health goals,” said Dr Dayna Eaton from York University (OPN).