Healthy Food Choice in Family Day Care

Staff involved: Gwyn Jolley

Healthy Food Choice in Family Day Care is a project auspiced by Family Day Care in partnership with Noarlunga Health Services and Flinders University, and funded through the National Child Nutrition Program, Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.

The project aims to support and promote healthy food choices in the family day care setting throughout South Australia. The main strategies of the project are to strengthen organisational commitment for nutrition promotion through the development of a 'Healthy Food Choice' policy, to increase care-provider capacity to promote healthy food practices by developing training and resources in consultation with end-users and to increase care-provider confidence to promote healthy food choice to parents.

SACHRU provided evaluation support as well as analysis and reporting on pre and post project surveys.

Survey of around 300 family day providers and 100 field workers were undertaken at the start and towards the conclusion of the project.

The post project surveys revealed increased awareness and knowledge about healthy eating in the Family Day Care setting and increased confidence and skills in promoting healthy food choices to parents and children.

The evaluation is contained within the full report of the project, produced in June 2004.