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In Partnership

To maximise impact, Cornwall Healthy Weight also partner external programmes to support and/or deliver programmes. In this section you will find information on accredited schemes; Nippers' Nutrition programme, CHEFS Awards, HEY (Healthy Early Years), Workplace Health and Healthy Start which follows good practice guidelines that we work in partnership with.

Nippers' Nutrition programme

What is the Nippers’ Nutrition programme?

The Nippers Nutrition programme exists to support early years settings across Cornwall to ensure that their food and drink provision is nutritious and safe to eat. It encourages use of local food and promotes good standards of food hygiene.

For a guide on how to apply for entry onto the programme and what is involved, please see our Step-by-Step programme guide.

There are five levels to the programme allowing for a gradual improvement in food and drink provision so that individual settings can progress at a pace that suits them, their parents/carers, staff and children's preferences. Certificates are awarded when each level is achieved.

The programme has been developed by a partnership between:

  • Cornwall Council’s Public Health and Protection Service
  • The Health Promotion Service’s Cornwall Healthy Weight, and
  • Cornwall Council’s Children’s, Schools and Families Service

In a pilot setting, the programme resulted in a reduction in salt levels by nearly 40% and a rebalancing of energy provided by meals from carbohydrates and away from fats and sugars.

View the list of Early Years settings involved with the Nippers' Nutrition Scheme. (updated September 2015)

What support is available to help my business achieve the Nippers’ Nutrition Award?

A Nippers’ Nutrition support officer will visit settings to review their menus against the ‘Nutrition Criteria’ and provide them with advice and support in the form of an action plan detailing what needs to be done to achieve the desired award level. Settings will be given a Menu Planning Tool, Self Assessment Nutrition Criteria and nutritional guidance (all developed by the programme). This will to support them to make any necessary changes to their menus and enable them to carry out regular independent reviews of their menus, food policies and practices.

Help is also available from ‘Eating Well for Under 5’s’ training which is provided through a partnership arrangement with Cornwall Council and the Health Promotion Service. The training will give settings the knowledge and support needed to provide and promote healthy foods. For more information about this please contact the Cornwall Council’s Learning and Development Team (Early Years) on telephone: 01872 326314 or via

How will the Nippers’ Nutrition programme benefit my business?

Amanda Cooke, Manager at Woodlane Nursery, Falmouth, the first setting in Cornwall to achieve a level 5 Nippers’ Nutrition programme award said:

“The Nippers’ Nutrition programme has provided us with fantastic support to make changes to our menus and we have learnt so much from the process. We will be much better informed the next time we plan new menus.”

“The feedback from parents has been brilliant. One said ‘it provides reassurance that my child has the best possible food provision’, and another ‘I have confidence in the setting that our children are in the best possible place’. They were particularly impressed with the Menu Planning Tool which they have been able to take home and use themselves.

Lisa, Manager responsible for staff and childcare at Smiling Faces, Falmouth said:

"Joining the scheme had been a really positive experience". She said “It has given us a strong link with parents and the ability to provide more information to support the parents in providing nutritious meals for their children. We bake healthy snacks to take home e.g. banana bread and carrot cake. And grow vegetables here which involve the children in looking after the plants and seeds. At the end of term we are holding a ‘leavers’ party for those children who will be moving up to primary school – we have invited the parents and the food will all be items from the Nippers Nutrition menu.”

Hayley, Manager for Business and Finance, thought that the healthier food available at the setting had resulted in better attention levels amongst the children. She was also enthusiastic about the smaller portion sizes and the ‘little and often’ principle of eating. “The parents have been very positive about the scheme” she added, “When we had some potential new parents looking round they were very impressed and I think that was a contributory factor to an extra large intake of children”.

First Steps

To register your interest in the programme you can either:

  • telephone 0300 1234 191 or email and ask for a Nippers’ Nutrition information pack
  • Alternatively download the application form and return it along with your current menus and any food policy electronically to: or by post to: Trading Standards, Cornwall Council, Public Health and Protection Service, Unit 6 Threemilestone Industrial Estate, Truro, Cornwall, TR4 9LD.

Eat Better, Start Better

We have embedded within the Nippers’ Nutrition nutritional criteria the new national voluntary food and drink guidelines for early years settings produced by the The Children's Food Trust. The Children's Food Trust has developed guidance, which is free to download, to help early years providers and practitioners meet the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) welfare requirement for the provision of healthy, balanced and nutritious food and drink.

Eat Better, Start Better resources - including Food and Drink Guidelines and sample seasonal menus

Recipes for Early Years Settings

Our recipe suggestions have been developed to support settings examples include gravy, iron rich salads, oily fish pate, snacks, main meals, light meals, desserts and breakfasts (link to our pre-school recipes)

Other useful resources

Healthy Early Years (HEY)

Cornwall Healthy Early Years Programme (HEY) supports local providers of early years childcare by offering best practice guidance and advice.

An easy to use self-audit framework allows early years practitioners to work towards embedding a whole setting ethos centred on optimum health and wellbeing.

Being part of the Cornwall Healthy Early Years (HEY) Programme will support your settings to:

  • Make a significant contribution to helping children achieve the five national outcomes of Every Child Matters and demonstrate your contribution towards the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Give a clear signal to children, parents and carers and the wider community that your setting values participation, consultation and inclusion.
  • Build links with the local community, parents and carers to support the health needs of children in your care.
  • Provide supporting evidence to show your setting is employing the characteristics of effective learning and the seven areas of learning and development.
  • Support staff to increase their knowledge and awareness of children’s health needs, improve their own health by modeling good practice and gain greater satisfaction by knowing that they are giving children a healthy start in life.

Access the HEY Self Audit Framework and HEY Guidance Notes

If you wish to join the HEY programme please contact your local Children's Centre Teacher or early years consultant who will be able to guide you through the process and provide support.

CLICK HERE for current HEY settings

All of the settings listed have the Healthy Early Years ethos fully embedded (Tier 3). Many other settings are working hard to achieve this and we will continually update the list with new settings as they progress through the programme.

Take a look at the training and education we provide that can support your setting!

Workplace Health

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Healthy Workplace Programme provides any business or workplace across the county with free support and advice on improving the health and wellbeing of their most important asset - their staff!

An integral part of the programme is the Healthy Workplace Award whichs acts as a toolkit to encourage employers to think about ways to improve the health and well-being of their employees.

For further information please contact:

Rachel Faulkner (Workplace Health Coordinator)

01209 313419 /

Healthy Start

What is Healthy Start?

Healthy Start is a a UK-wide government scheme to improve the health of low-income pregnant women and families on benefits and tax credits.

Women also qualify during the whole of their pregnancy if they are under 18 when they apply, even if they don’t get any of the benefits or tax credits below.

Women who are at least 10 weeks pregnant and families with children under four years old qualify for Healthy Start if the family is getting:

  • Income Support, or
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit unless the family is receiving Working Tax Credit run-on only*) and has an annual income of £16,190 or less (2014/15).

*Working Tax Credit run-on is the Working Tax Credit received in the 4 weeks immediately after a person has stopped working for 16 hours or more per week (single adults) or 24 hours a week (couples).

What is the Health professionals role?

Health professionals play a key role in the application process and in signposting the availability of the free Healthy Start vitamins.

All applications for Healthy Start must, by law, be supported by a registered health professional – usually a midwife or health visitor (but it can be any registered nurse or doctor). Requiring the application form to be signed by a health professional aims to encourage low-income women and families to contact local antenatal, postnatal and child health services, making a clear link between the scheme and broader health and public health priorities.

Countersigning the application form

A midwife, health visitor or other registered health professional must complete and sign Part B of the application leaflet to confirm the expected date of delivery and/or the dates of birth of any children under four years old. It is important that Part B is fully completed, or the application cannot be processed.

Useful resources