Early Years Chef Academy

MAKE YOUR NURSERY A LEADER IN HEALTHY EATING AND PRACTICE

A LEVEL 3 CACHE-ACCREDITED AWARD

 

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.

 

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What's the aim of the course?

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.

WHAT WILL THIS CERTIFICATION MEAN FOR YOUR NURSERY?

  • Your chef will gain expertise in child nutrition, portion sizes, weaning, menu-planning, managing allergies and cooking healthy, delicious food that will help make the next generation healthier.
  • Your chef will gain the tools and confidence to deliver exciting food-related activities with children to broaden their culinary horizons and embed healthy life-long habits.
  • You and your chef will learn how to make your nursery a hub for healthy practice, by offering nutritional advice and running food-related workshops with staff and parents.
  • Your chef will improve their career capital and value to your nursery as a specialised Early Years chef.

Why is this so important?

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.

COURSE DETAILS:

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.

COST

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.

START DATES 2022

COHORT 6

March - October 2022 (One Friday afternoon a week)

COHORTS 9 & 10

November 2022 - May 2023 (One Wednesday or Friday afternoon a week)

Course Outline

Unit 1:

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.

Unit 2:

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.

Unit 3:

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.

Enrol now

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.

Thank you to our generous partners and supporters:

Funders & Partners

Impact on Urban Health

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Funders & Partners

Thomasina Miers, Cook, Food Writer and Co-Founder of Wahaca

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Awards

Nursery World Awards 2020 Winner: Health & Well-Being

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Meet our chefs

Royal Visit to LEYF’s Early Years Chef Academy in 2020