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Kids get into the garden as part of healthy eating education

This blog is written by Peninsula Health, Health Promotion Practitioner Madeline Tatham.

Congratulations to Capel Sounds Educational Child Care Centre and Kindergarten in Tootgarook! The Centre has recently put into place some amazing ideas to create a healthy environment for their children, staff and families. With a focus on promoting healthy eating, the children love to spend time in their thriving kitchen garden, planting seeds, caring for plants and harvesting fresh produce. A favourite activity for the children is preparing delicious food with the fresh produce from their garden. “I like tasting new things from our garden,” says Oliver who attends the Centre.

Capel Sounds Educational Child Care Centre began their journey to become a health promoting early childhood setting in 2017, when they registered with the Achievement Program – a Victorian best practice framework that supports early childhood services, schools and workplaces to become healthy settings. This framework, which reaches over 600,000 Victorians, is supported by the Health Promotion Team at Peninsula Health.

“We were thrilled to receive recognition for the health priority areas of Healthy Eating & Oral Health and Physical Activity & Movement this year through the Achievement Program. We were also awarded advanced standing for Sun Protection, which is very important at our centre,” says Wendy Stoffels, Centre Director. Next the Centre will be working on the Mental Health & Wellbeing benchmark, and also have plans to host a Health and Wellbeing expo for their community later this year.

Congratulations to Capel Sounds Educational Child Care Centre and Kindergarten, and we wish them all the best for the rest 2019.

See some spectacular snapshots to showcase their achievements so far above and below. 

For more info on the Achievement Program, visit https://www.achievementprogram.health.vic.gov.au/