Child oriented Catering
CHOCA Train! partnership
Duration: 1 August 2009 until 31 July 2011
Transnational development and testing of new educational content and methods for home economics, catering and child care
Duration: 1 October 2006 until 30 September 2008
Inadequate diet patterns and overweight children in European schools, have led to a number of initiatives to challenge these problems. Despite these nutrition-related problems little initiative has been taken so far to develop new concepts for day-care centres and nursery facilities. At the same time the demand for an excellent quality in these facilities increases.
The expansion of day-care and nursery practice for babies and small children now requires educational bodies to focus more specifically on the nutritional and dietary requirements of young children. Because, (to date) existing educational concepts do not provide or meet the training needs for day care practices and catering companies, who are contracted to provide child oriented catering.
By the end of this project, participants such as, teachers, trainers and child care practitioners should be capable of meeting the specific methodological challenges to implement a “healthy diet” in their day-care facility.
Working Programme - Goals
The project aims to develop, test and establish new educational concepts and methods in the field of “healthy nutrition for small children”. It will also encourage dialogue amongst participating organisations and their wider networks regarding the need for new day-care infrastructure and state-of-the-art orientation in the teaching modules concerning nutritional basics.
Cross-border qualification modules about child-adequate nutrition in home economics and educational science will be generated. Teachers, trainers and supporting staff then test the qualification concepts and import the knowledge to their courses. The qualification modules are intended to show how to teach, plan and implement child orientated nutrition in nurseries and other child oriented environments.
Target groups of the project are teachers, trainers and child care practitioners who are involved or passionate about child related home economics and educational science.
They will focus on child-orientated nutrition in the nursery or day-care environment and actively participate in the implementation of the materials developed during the projects lifetime.
During the course of the project the management team will comprise selected national authorities such as chambers of commerce, school management and professional institutions to achieve sustainability of the project results.
The quality of teaching and training in home economics and child education will be strengthened by means of the project. Practitioners will make sure that the continuous developed contents of qualification modules for home economics and educational science with the focus on child orientated nutrition reaches the day-care facilities and nurseries.
Children will benefit and bring their new insights about of state-of-the-art child-orientated nutrition and diet patterns home and parents get into touch with these ideas. Thus the project achieves an improvement of the education concerning food and nutrition in early childhood.
Elements of nutrition physiology, pedagogies, organisational development and marketing mark cornerstones in the concepts.
The qualification modules and new teaching concepts will be developed and integrated in their respective educational systems by 11 European partners from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom. The partnership consists of day-care centres, schools, educational training centres, professional institutions and universities.
Innovation of this project lies in the systematic development and use of qualification modules about child-adequate nutrition in home economics and educational science. These modules provide teachers and trainers in the field of child-orientated catering and educational science with individualised methods according to their demands.
Results of this project will be implemented during practical training. The following products will originate from the project:
- Transnational materials collection about child-orientated catering in home economics and educational science.
- Based on the materials development of 3 qualification modules for child-adequate nutrition in home economics and educational science, focusing on the one hand on nutrition physiology of small children, marketing and pedagogies and on the other hand on basic knowledge of child-adequate catering.
- Examples, project inductions in day-care centres (practical guide to implementation in daily routine)
- Multilingual training journal in print, informing about the project results and common contents.
- Project homepage with download area "Qualification modules"
- Further publications: newsletter, press articles, flyer e.g.
Valorisation/Dissemination of project results
The development and trial of the qualification modules will take place in cooperation with institutions of professional training and day-care facilities, caterers and national systems (e.g. final conference in the regional parliament in Düsseldorf).
CHOCA Train! Partnership
In the Choca Train! partnership three of the former partners worked together: EQT, Point Europa, St. Lawernce School. They realised a number of mobilities of trainers and trainees in the field of catering and nursery nursing between August 2009 and July 2011. Additionally they worked out material e.g. for curricula development and a workshop concept. Links to results can be found in the Info Centre on this website.