Magazine Archive

What’s going on here then? A new logo, different paper, something’s not right. It’s us, but we’ve had a bit of a refresh, filled with lots of new content and a slightly new audience too! First, the new look. While our studio have worked hard to give us a facelift suitable for 2019 audiences, the editorial team have been refining our regular features, which I hope you will enjoy. We have a monthly nutrition feature to get down to the pulp of school food, on-site visits to highlight real world best practice, and a focused look at the extra curricular things you as school caterers find yourselves doing – the breakfast clubs, holiday clubs, garden growing, etc. You will have also noticed that over the past few years, school catering and the wider childhood obesity challenge is no longer a concern of schools and caterers but the government and outside organisations are heavily involved in it too. So we will be running a monthly Policy Corner to provide you with up-to-date information on what Westminster, the Department for Education, PHE and others are saying about children’s nutrition that may in the following months come to affect the work you’re doing day-to-day. Stay ahead and in-the-know, and nothing will be a surprise. Secondly, welcome to our new readers! While we are still very much a magazine for the school food industry and that’s won’t change, I have been commenting so much about childhood obesity and largely ignoring the fact that the Early Years nutrition industry can help schools to bring about change to this epidemic. We know that a fifth of children start school overweight or obese. So shouldn’t we ask nursery and preschool providers to join the conversation? What’s more, recent 30-hours funding for childcare presents a key opportunity to provide good nutrition to three and four-year-olds before they rise the ranks to school. EDUcatering Magazine is now distributed to the 500 largest nurseries and I hope that by engaging with this sector we can learn more about getting children as young as two to develop good food habits that they will continue throughout their childhood years into adulthood. Happy reading Morag Wilson Editor, EDUcatering

  • Lunch Break: Truth and transparency

    Lunch Break: Truth and transparency

    Feed Me Truth is a campaign by Happerley Transparent, a new marque with an ambition is to provide openness in the supply chain, starting with schools. TV presenter and farmer Adam Henson and Happerley co-founder Matthew Rymer explain why they are removing the smoke and mirrors of food procurement

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  • EDU On-Site: Green and Serene

    EDU On-Site: Green and Serene

    School caterers always look closely at high street trends before implementing new concepts, but how many consider the ways they can improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils to regain their focus for afternoon lessons? Morag Wilson gets some ‘eco therapy’ at Tiller & Hobs from ISS Education

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  • Where it all starts

    Where it all starts

    Access to good food and nutrition in the first thousand days of a child’s life are the single most important determinants in preventing growing social inequality and ill-health, a recent global study concludes.

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  • Where is the Healthy Rating Scheme?

    Where is the Healthy Rating Scheme?

    The government’s childhood obesity plan sets out the aim to create a Healthy Rating Scheme. But over two years on, there has been no sign of it, leading Jamie Oliver to put pressure on the government to clarify the policy. Rob Percival, head of policy at Food for Life, joins Oliver’s call to action

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