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Report criticised nursery food

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There is a wide variation in the quality of food served to young people in nurseries, according to a report.
Of the 487 nursery workers surveyed in the online survey by the Soil Association and the food company Organix, 17% felt that their nursery was not providing health food.

Healthier foods were also served less frequently in nurseries providing places for children from low-income families.

For example, only a quarter (27%) of government-backed Sure Start Centres surveyed served fruit and vegetables at snack times, compared with 71% of state-maintained nurseries and 75% of voluntary nurseries.

The diversity of foods was often limited, with only 8% of nurseries serving oil-rich fish, salmon, trout, mackerel or sardines.

National standards for under-eights state all nurseries must provide access to drinking water throughout the day – but only a quarter (27%) of nurseries said they regularly served water to their children as a drink.
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