Advocacy, Childhood, Food

The Hunter Alliance for Childhood – A must!

_I have just returned from day 2 of the Hunter Alliance for Childhood  Expo for Childhood and have to share! Yesterday I listened to an Additive Alert presentation which I believe is going to change how I live my life and how I view the lunchboxes that come into our centre each day. The startling facts about additives in our food (or as presenter Natalie Stackhouse referred to it – edible food like substance!) blew my mind. As an advocate for children I feel I can’t watch the kids in my care put those things into their body without trying to share the information with our families. Because of this, we are planning an Additive Alert presentation for families at our service,Prior to the presentation I visited each of the stalls, all offering natural services to make parenting easier. There were books that would make a great addition to our parent library, gorgeous wooden toys and delicious organic food. Today I headed back with my partner and little one in tow. We watched an amazing film – Consuming Kids, which shed light on marketing and the commercialisation of children. It helped to confirm why I don’t have Wiggles/Dora/Ben10 etc in my household! If you ever get the chance to see the film – DO IT, you won’t regret it.Anyway, the point of this post isn’t just to promote all of the wonderful things at the expo (that’s just a bonus!) it is to make everyone aware of the Hunter Alliance for Childhood. I think as educators of young children we are also advocates. We have a responsibility for their well-being and for ensuring that the children in our care get to be exactly that – children!! For as little as $5, you can join HAC and support this amazing organisation that advocates for children’s rights to ‘Real Food, Real Play, Real Life.Would love to hear your thoughts on the expo if you went!