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18/04/2009 22:08:00

Hello And Welcome To The Site!
 
Hi and thanks for visiting our brand new site, the first and only site dedicated to gardening, cooking and healthy eating ideas for the under eights.
The idea for this site came about a few months ago. In the course of my work I meet a lot of parents, childcare workers, teachers and development workers in Early Years and Healthy Schools.   The number one question I am asked is "Where can I find....?" (The number two question is, of course, "Why did my tomatoes go black last year?")
I count myself lucky to be working with and raising children in a period when we have suddenly woken up the fact that food might be fairly important. It's a thrill to see the number of organisations, pots of funding, free resources and sheer effort and creativity being channelled at helping our children to understand how food feeds the body, nourishes the soul, and links to the wellbeing of our planet.
The problem is that there is sometimes a chasm between the support on offer and the people at the coal face. I have lost count of the number of times I have seen a nursery nurse or teacher thumbing through a free resource pack and exclaiming "I wish I'd found this a month ago, I spent ages trying to find something like this and ended up making something up from scratch." In particular there are lots of great and visible resources for older children - key stage two and above - but time saving examples for the wee ones and smaller group settings can be harder to find.
So the aim of this site is to join the dots between the ideas and experience which is out there and the people who need them. So if you've got a great recipe which you cooked with your four year old, a novel way of enthusing a classful of seven year olds about why they should eat a variety of foods, photos of you and your childminded kids planting beans, or anything else which can inspire someone or just save them ten minutes prep, please let us know!
So thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll stick around, should be a lot of fun!
Stay well
Joanne
(P.S. I'm no expert, but the tomato question is almost certainly potato blight. Pesky wet weather!)


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