Can Long Day Care services foster a more sustainable (nutritional and ecological) food supply?: Connecting young children with their food
Sustainable food systems are a critical part of the story in response to current issues of climate change and local food security. The pandemic highlighted the vulnerability of food supply especially for essential services, such as childcare services. Currently 1.4 million children access childcare services in Australia and many of these services plan, shop and buy food to prepare meals in these settings.
This project seeks to understand how childcare services purchase their food, if these services have the interest and capacity to purchase more locally grown foods and what would be the impact for parents and children. In addition, do services feel this would support them achieving an exceeding standard in their assessment and rating process, why or why not?
Professor Maijaliisa Erkkola, from Helsinki University, Finland will be a supervisor on this project.
Desired Skills: Health promotion and/or nutrition
Project Area: Public Health/Health Promotion
Supervisor(s): Ros Sambell, Dr Ruth Wallace, Professor Amanda Devine, Maijaliisa Erkkola (Helsinki University, Finland)
Project level: Masters, PhD
Start date: 2021