Nourishing Little Minds

Nourishing Little Minds® combines early childhood literacy with experiential play-based learning to enrich children’s awareness, interest, and enjoyment of healthy food.

Nourishing Little Minds for Early Childhood Services

FREE food literacy program for ACT early childhood education and care services!

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) services are ideally placed to increase children’s awareness, interest, and enjoyment of healthy food by helping improve children’s familiarity with such food through play and learning experiences.

Nourishing Little Minds (NLM) in Early Childhood supports ECEC services to strengthen healthy food and drink culture and build positive eating behaviours in children attending early childhood settings. 

Aligning with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standards (NQS), the NLM program is designed to empower children to become confident food explorers, while building healthy habits for life.

Participating ECEC services will receive:

  • Two hour on-site professional development session for educators delivered by our experts in child nutrition.
  • NLM Educator Manual featuring purpose-designed activities, songs, recipes, parent resources and a detailed guide linking each aspect to the EYLF outcomes to assist in programming.
  • NLM resource kit comprising of a suite of selected storybooks and templates to equip educators with tools to embed healthy educational activities into daily programming. Click here to view our list of storybooks.

Want to learn more? Click here to listen to ABC Canberra radio interview with Executive Officer and dietitian Leanne Elliston on 29 June 2022.

How can my service get involved?

Early childhood services located in the ACT can access this FREE program until 30 September 2022.

If your early childhood service would like to take part, complete the expression of interest form and we will be in touch to arrange a date and time for your centre-wide professional development session.

This program will provide insights on how food-based experiences can be a useful strategy in influencing children’s eating behaviour. It will also help to inform future research and program development in effective ways at exposing children to new and healthy foods through our partnership with the University of Canberra. 

Participation in this program involves completion of surveys at pre- and post-program, and three-month follow-up, for program evaluation and research purposes. Ethical aspects of this program have been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Canberra (approval number: 20214713) 

Supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Healthy Canberra Grants program  


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