Back to the Garden Childcare, located in Altrincham, has appointed Manchester’s Niki Charnock as the nursery’s nutritionist.
In her new role, Niki, who is a qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist, will provide expert nutritional advice for children and parents, ensuring all who attend the nursery are encouraged into healthy eating habits from a young age.
By working with the parents, sharing ideas and easy recipes for nutritious meals at home for the whole family, Niki hopes to educate on the importance of eating well from birth onwards, improving gut health, strengthening immunity and promoting brain health, which enhances productivity and concentration.
With the sugar epidemic continually making headlines in the UK, and the Government reporting that only 50% of children in the UK are getting enough fruit and vegetables daily, Niki is determined to alter eating habits in young people as early in their lives as possible, offering top tips to avoid sugar and sugary foods for dessert and when snacking.
Niki plans to introduce Wellness Wednesdays at the nursery, inviting parents and grandparents to stay to learn more about family nutrition. From building strong foundations to quick and easy steps for a healthy gut and strong immune system, Niki will impart her knowledge through interactive workshops using relaxing treatments with doTERRA essential oils to help with both health and nutrition.
Commenting on her appointment, Niki says: “I am thrilled to be involved in Back to the Garden – the ethos of the nursery is in tune with my philosophy, and it is a pleasure to be part of such an innovative approach to childcare. I hope the expert advice I give, supported by easy to make recipes, will give parents the confidence to understand the food choices that they make for their families and the importance of eating healthily from a young age, so that they implement and model these good habits at home.”
Jeannie Pickering, co-founder of Back to the Garden Childcare, adds: “Niki is highly regarded in this field and with her own clinic in St Ann’s Square in Manchester, is well versed in nutrition, health, wellbeing and mindfulness, all of which we advocate within the nursery.
“Niki’s input at Back to the Garden will really assist the children and their parents adapt a healthier approach to all meal times, ensuring healthy habits become an integral part of family life now.”
Away from work Niki is a mother to two small children, Bodhi aged three and Farleigh aged eight months, whom she brings up holistically and are her biggest critics regarding her recipes!
Back to the Garden Childcare is fast becoming the nursery of choice for parents in Altrincham and Hale. With space for 120 children, aged from three months up to five years old, Back to the Garden is an innovative child-led, active learning environment with an emphasis on outdoor play in a stunning garden setting.
Its philosophy of allowing children to be children to explore their environment, experiment with the outdoor playscape and harness their own imaginations allows for a natural approach where each child develops at their own pace.