Press release from Little Bugs Childcare, York.

Little Bugs Childcare, a day nursery in York for 0 to 5 years, are celebrating after collecting the prestigious national BALPPA Early Years Healthy Futures Nursery Award 2018.

The Excellence Award recognises the role nurseries play in creating pathways to a healthy lifestyle for children through healthy eating, physical indoor and outdoor activity and reinforcing healthy messages. It also recognises nurseries who embrace the importance of supporting not only their children but their families to embrace a healthier life.

Judges considered a range of different criteria including evidence of industry standards and best practice, improved outcomes for children at Little Bugs Childcare and testimonials from parents who have benefitted from the nursery’s approach to promoting healthy lifestyles.

Little Bugs Childcare is a Forest School with active indoor areas and its own outdoor facilities which include a dipping pond and orchard. In addition, the nursery enjoys exclusive use of the Web Adventure Park facilities first thing in the morning, with access to play frames, rides and other activities during the day. A Little Bugs chef produces a healthy, seasonal menu for the children and helps encourage healthy eating and healthy choices.

Jane Mann, Manager, says ‘We’re so proud to have been recognised nationally with this award, which is a tribute to all the childcare practitioners and the chef at the nursery. We have a hands-on approach to healthy living with the children, which is key to the child’s development and which also helps establish lifelong habits for them to take with them into their future.’

Janice Dunphy, Managing Director and owner adds ‘We firmly believe in the importance of healthy lifestyles for every child at an early stage and we play an active role in supporting our Little Bugs and their families to work towards this. The award confirms our excellence in our day to day approach to childcare and healthy lifestyles, and I couldn’t be prouder of the nursery and their achievement.’

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