Introduced in 2019, Early Years Chef Academy trains Early Years chefs to make their nursery a leader in healthy eating to ensure more children get the healthy, nutritious food they need to grow and learn.
The aim of this course is to make chefs working in Early Years experts in child nutrition and food education, to drive a holistic approach to food that encourages children, staff and parents to develop healthier eating habits.
Research tells us that our long-term health is built before we are five years old. LEYF understands that eating a balanced diet of fresh food in the right quantities is crucial to this. Parents agree: research conducted by Ceeda found that 29% of parents are worried about their children's diets, and 32% said that quality of food was the key influence in their choice of nursery.
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
Any chefs or kitchen staff in nurseries.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND FORMAT:
15 Modules taught over 7 months, blended online and in-person (at our training rooms and kitchen in central London), one afternoon a week.
NURSERIES NEED TO
Be invested in improving their food and food culture. Nurseries will need to provide cover for learners for the 19 teaching sessions over 7 months (these typically last 3 hours). Chefs must have access to a laptop or tablet.
The full price of the course is £1,000, but we can offer discounts of up to 75% to non-profit nurseries and those who offer fully funded places to children. Please get in touch to enquire.
March - October 2022 (One Friday afternoon a week)
November 2022 - May 2023 (One Wednesday or Friday afternoon a week)
Understand the impact of food on health and child development
In this unit you’ll learn why young children’s nutrition and eating habits are so important for their long-term health and development, as well as what they should be eating in a given meal, day and week. With the increasing prevalence of allergies, we make sure you are well equipped to provide delicious healthy food for all children.
Understand the role of Early Years chefs
In this unit you’ll learn about the role the Early Years chef can play as part of the wider Early Years team in your nursery to help children, staff and parents eat healthily. This unit focusses on how you can work with others to make mealtimes nutritious and eye-opening for children, deliver rich experiences through cooking and other food activities, and to support parents with nutritional advice and food workshops.
Be able to make dishes healthier, more appealing and appropriate for dietary requirements
In this unit you'll put the knowledge you learnt in Unit 1 into practice! You'll make sure you can prepare ingredients and meals in the right sizes for children, and alter recipes and menus to deliver as much nutritional value as possible, meet different dietary needs, and importantly ensure they taste and look appealing for children.
Complete the enrolment form and we will be in touch to take payment and confirm your attendance on the course. To enquire about discounts for non-profit nurseries or those who offer fully funded places, please get in touch.