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Seminar about healthy nutrition in Gävle/Sweden

Download presentation "Overweight and obesity in children", Prof. Dr. Helmut Heseker, University Paderborn

The day care centre mouse (Kita-Maus) – day care centre gets its own role

It's a piece of cake - balanced diet in the everyday life of a kindergarten

Nutrition for small children: A topic for professional education



Seminar about healthy nutrition in Gävle/Sweden

The Swedish project partner Saga organised a seminar about healthy nutrition for child care centre staff, pre-school teachers, caterers and other interested persons. The seminar will take place on June 3 in Gävle Sweden.


We will write more about the seminar and the results.

Invitation for the seminar "om näringsriktig kost och måltid i förskolan"


Presentation "Overweight and obesity in children", Prof. Dr. Helmut Heseker, University Paderborn


Download presentation "Overweight and obesity in children", Prof. Dr. Helmut Heseker, University Paderborn, 2nd transnational meeting leonardo da Vinci project "Child oriented catering" in Cawsand /UK in June 2007

The day care centre mouse (Kita-Maus) – day care centre gets its own role

Nutritional habits of small children are a key concern of the day care centre “Am Loh” of Arbeiterwohlfahrt Ennepe-Ruhr in Schwelm in Germany. The centre has recently expanded its services to reach more families in the community and is working on projects to support a healthy diet for the children they care for.


Many parents buy their children’s breakfast at the local bakery which sold products that were often very sweet or fat. The day care centre decided to work with the bakery and together they invented the “Kita-Maus” (day care centre-mouse).


The Kita-Maus has the shape of a mouse and is made of full grain spelt flour. The “Kita-Mouse” will be sold from the beginning of October with the aim of encouraging healthy breakfasts for children in the community.


But the initiative does not stop there. In order to make the “Kita-Maus” more interesting for the children, one of the educators has written a story about a little mouse named Elly who is cared for by the day care centre children with healthy food:


“How the mouse got into the day care centre”

Elly the mouse lived for many year. with her family on a big field in “the Loh” in a city called Schwelm. Elly was a very special mouse, because she had many skills. She was smaller than the other mice but she was especially fast. She was able to see and hear especially good. Elly was sent to get food very often, because of her speed. When she was done with the hazelnut picking, the others just reached the bush. Elly also had very good vision. She was able to look as far as other mice just could do with binoculars. So it happened that Elly had to watch out for cats and other mice hunters and warn the family.

Ell’s hearingwas so good, that she could hear a cat farting from a distance of 1000 meters.

One day, Elly wanted to go and get some more nuts from the big hazelnut bush. Happily she started working. She put nut by nut on a big pile. Suddenly there was a “plopp” and one nut fell directly on Ellys head. Elly just saw stars and fell to the side. Now she was sleeping very deep and around her happened strange things.

Some animals saw Elly lying therewith the big bump on her head. It was all red and shining in the far.

Around the mice everybody talked about what happened and there were coming from all directions. There was a big mice caravan going thru the streets of Schwelm. Everybody wanted to see Ellys bump. Mice, mice everywhere around. Elly did not recognise anything. She still was sleeping, very deeply. The mice decided to bring her to a safe place. The headmaster of the mice lived hidden in the city bakery “Kaiser” for many years. There they wanted to bring Elly. Behind the warm oven, they wanted to care for her. In the evening all mice were standing in a row. From the field, over the street, thru the day care centre, across the parking lot straight to the baking room, this was how they passed Elly. Now she was lying in the grey full grain spelt flour and still was asleep. Her red shining bump was glowing like never before. All mice starred at her with excitement. In the bakery it was absolutely quiet. Suddenly everybody was in alarm because of a very loud noise. The alarm clock of an oven went on. All mice were running in disorder and tried to flee. Then, Elly awoke from her sleep. Slowly she lifted her head and shook herself so that everything got very dusty. When she was looking around she had no idea where she was. Right in front of her was a big man in white clothes kneeing. Elly tried to run away. Her head was still aching and her feed didn’t want to carry her. So she closed her eyes and waited for her fate. One hand picked her up nicely and laid her in a small bread basket. Elly was very scared and she tried to flee. The basket was covered and was carried away.

After a while Elly heard loud human voices and children were shouting. Where was she? When the blanket was carefully lifted away, she starred in many children’s eyes. They had brought her to the day care centre “Am Loh”. The children were fond of the little mouse, who still had spelt flour in her fur and also had to sneeze all the time. When they saw the big bump they got ice to cool it right away.

Each child went and got some pieces of healthy breakfast for Elly, so that she soon would be strong again. So there were pieces of banana, apples, bread and a lot more healthy stuff. Everybody wanted Elly to be healthy again soon so that they could release her into freedom. And so it happened, that Elly soon was fit, because of the good care.

Elly had to go because she had to care for her family. In an unwatched moment, she took the chance to flee out of the day care centre. In her hurry she went thru a puddle of paint and she left traces of little mouse paws. The children were a little sad, but also happy because Elly was feeling better. Her traces were seen a long time after.

And because nobody wanted to forget about her, there are still little rolls, called “daycare-mouse” baked in the Kaiser-bakery for the memory of Elly for the children.

End of the story


The centre has also promoted the idea in the local press to ensure other children, parents and educators will profit from the initiative.


The purpose of this project is to give educators, employees of the day care centre and parents suggestions for healthy nutrition for children and to show how to support it in early life. Because of this new product the adults have the opportunity to make a clear choice for healthy rolls every day going to the bakery. The local press writes about this subject so other children, parents and educators will profit from this idea. Isn’t it a nice project to copy?


The team of the day care centre “Am Loh” is happy to answer any questions you might have! / AWO für Kinder + Familie / Schwelm / Am Loh


Some photos from the debut of the "Kita-Maus":


It’s a piece of cake - balanced diet in the everyday life of a kindergarten

A photo show illustrating how the child care centre Körnerstraße of the Arbeiterwohlfahrt Ennepe-Ruhr in Germany integrates a balanced and healthy diet in everyday routine by actively involving the children.


A balanced diet has become inherent part of the daily routine in the child care centre without great efforts. Experience of many years and suitable equipment such as a child adequate kitchenette lead to a natural handling of the subject.


A healthy diet has become as natural as brushing one’s teeth in the child care centre Körnerstraße. That’s like things should be!


Here you can see some pictures showing the daily routine in the kindergarten Körnerstraße. Have fun reading and trying it in your own child care centre!


A balanced diet has become inherent part of the daily routine in the child care centre .
Besides the balanced diet the kindergarten offers activities where children for example learn more about different foods.
Parents help to support the healthy diet of their children by donating fresh fruits and vegetables to the kindergarten.

Breakfast is available till 10 a.m.

The children bring their own breakfast from home. They get tea or water to drink.



Every classroom has its own breakfast table where children are allowed to have breakfast.
After breakfast the children clear the table on their own and wash the dishes in the child adequate kitchenette in the classroom.
Then they put away the dishes. They even learn how to separate their waste.

Fruit salad as special activity

A special activity for the children is the preparation of a fruit salad for dessert. The kindergarten has the possibility to order organic fruit and vegetables for their own use from the catering service.




They wash their hands ...
... and get their own apron before they start with the preparation.
The children wash, cut and peel the fruit ...
... and squeeze the orange juice.
After finishing the fruit salad ...
... they do the dishes.


The meals are delivered by the catering service of the Arbeiterwohlfahrt. For dessert the children have their homemade fruit salad.



The children are jointly responsible for laying the table.
The children eat together with their kindergarten teacher in their classroom.
As usual the children brush their teeth after lunch.


In the afternoon the children get fruit or vegetable snacks. Every now and then the kindergarten teacher bakes together with the children or they get some ice-cream.

The children can quench their thirst with drinks available inside and outside the kindergarten.





Would you like to learn more about the work on balanced diet in the kindergarten Körnerstraße?


Please contact: AWO-Kindertageseinrichtung Körnerstraße




Nutrition for small children: A topic for professional education

Common cooking of a typical German meal during the transnational meeting in Ahaus.

1st transnational meeting of the international partners in Ahaus/Germany


“Child oriented catering” – is a way of implementing healthy nutrition and will be useful in the education and qualification of catering and child care staff throughout Europe. Coordinator of the project is Berufsbildungsstätte Westmünsterland GmbH (BBS) from Ahaus. Eleven European partners visited Ahaus at the end of January 2007 to talk about concrete project goals and to agree on the first work steps.


A change to eating habits is causing more and more eating disorders and health related problems, even among young children. The consequence not only affects the developing child but also as a negative impact on European health care systems.


With the extension of child care pedagogical aspects of nutrition becoming increasingly important, Managing Director Bernhard Könning explained why this topic is so important for BBS:


“The extension of promoting early year’s nutrition is a widely debated subject in the policy of education. To know about healthy eating is a basic learning process and essential for the development of physical and cognitive competencies of a human being. BBS as an experienced European project partner and the other European partners start working with a promising subject that has a strong impact on future developments in the area of children’s nutritional habits.”


Beside the German project partners from Ahaus, Münster and Gevelsberg, organisations from England, Sweden, Luxemburg and Austria also participated in the meeting. “The partners exchanged ideas related to their different national perspectives and the overall conclusions indicate that, although there is lots of discussion at national levels, not many initiatives have yet been pioneered in Europe,” commented the project coordinator from BBS Katrin Schürmann.


One example for a trend-setting way of catering for children in day-care centres was presented by the Austrian partner Volkshilfe Steiermark. The caterer “Gourmet” delivers the meals in the day-care centres in Styria. The catering company has a team of dieticians and offers special menus for small children that can individually be adapted. Even children with allergies or special diet sheets get safe and high-quality meals. Training opportunities for the staff of the day-care centres round off the offer.


Based on the commitments made during the meeting the European project partners will develop and test modules for the qualification in child care and home economics.





The German Nutrition Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung e. V./DGE) is a non-profit making organization and obliged to scientific facts.

German Website:

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Livsmedelverket (The National Food Administration) is the central administrative authority for matters concerning food.

Swedish website:

General information in English:

Nutrition in preschool and school (Swedish):


Konsumentverket (The Swedish Consumer Agency) is a state agency whose task is to help the general public in Sweden with consumer affairs.

Swedish website:

General information in English:

General information for consumers about food and nutrition (Swedish):


LivsmedelsSverige (FoodinSweden) is a website about food that is directed to consumers, students, teachers, entrepreneurs, authorities, organisations and researchers. The website targets users in Sweden, but some of the pages also contain information in English.


United Kingdom


The Food Standards Agency is an independent Government department set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.

eatwell is the Food Standards Agency's consumer advice and information site

Practical healthy eating advice for children, from toddlers to teenagers.



National Association for the Education of Young Children “Healthy Eating From the Start: Nutrition Education for Young Children”



Sure Start is a Government programme which aims to achieve better outcomes for children, parents and communities by increasing the availability of childcare for all children, improving health and emotional development for young children, supporting parents as parents and in their aspirations towards employment.

Information about Diet and Nutrition



Channel 4 Jamie Oliver website “Jamie’s school dinners”



Official Jamie Oliver website “Feed me better – school dinners” in French, English and German