Health eating site hailed a success

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Childminders' Healthy Eating Award website is a recipe for success Registered childminders with a taste for healthy eating are being encouraged to sign up to a new website where they can access and share information on good practice, recipes, ideas and games on how to inspire children to eat well.

As part of St Helens Council’s Childminders' Healthy Eating Award - which recognises hard work and best practice – the website ( also allows childminders and parents to plan menus and download prize cards featuring everyone’s favourite

healthy eating mascot, Captain Tuck, who congratulates the children when they try out new foods.

Those who sign up to the site and share good practice will receive a certificate as well as a ‘box of tricks,’ containing kitchen utensils and other useful items to ensure a real recipe for success when serving up healthy meals to children.

Lynne Fairhurst, who is among the 18 childminders currently registered on the website, said: “I am proud to have been awarded the St Helens Childminders' Healthy Eating Award.

“This is the first time that an award has been available for childminders, allowing us to gain recognition for the work that we do in providing a healthy start to the children in our care - so I made sure I got involved as soon as it became available.

“Nurseries and other settings have had this available for a very long time - so it’s great to have had the opportunity to become a part of it.”

Community and Business Health Promotions Officer for St Helens Council, Teresa Mercer, who - along with the Public Health department - is behind the awards is delighted with the reaction so far, and is calling on more childminders to sign up and reap the rewards.

“I’m so proud to be part of a project that is improving the health of children in St Helens,” Teresa said.

“We’ve already got a good number of people on board with this, but I would like to invite even more childminders to join the website to share their wisdom as we look to introduce children to a healthier diet.”

Coun Jeanine Bell, cabinet member for Public Health and Wellbeing, added: “We have some amazing childminders in this town who are showing great commitment to healthy eating.

“We believe that if children learn healthy habits from an early age, then they will make healthier choices as they get older. Childminders are a vital part of this jigsaw in allowing this to happen.”

If you would like to sign up to the Childminders' Healthy Eating Award, call Teresa Mercer on 01744676333 or email