Pre-school Food Provision
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background – The current study investigated the impact Public Health (PH) Dietitians have on the progression of pre-schools on the Healthy and Sustainable Pre-School Scheme (HSPSS). Methods – To compare progress of pre-school settings on the HSPSS in the Cwm Taf (CT) area based on the descriptive, cross-sectional analysis of survey questionnaires from 8 pre-school settings in CT. Results – Only one setting identified training for staff as a priority for future funding. Provision of oily fish is more common amongst the HPP supported settings (n=2) than PH Dietitian-supported settings (n=1). All settings that provide oily fish received the most funding and support from Flying Start (n=3). PH Dietitian-supported settings do not provide parent sessions, all HPP-supported settings provided parent sessions. Conclusions – This study highlights how more research into PH Dietetic support is required. However, pre-school settings supported by Health Promotion Practitioners (HPPs) showed better progression on the HSPSS than PH Dietitian-supported settings, questioning the effectiveness of allocation of WG funding and PH Dietitian support.
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