What is a PANCo?

The Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo) is a new role for Early Years Staff and the aim is to have a PANCo within each setting. The PANCo champions best practice in physical activity and nutrition and acts as the agent for change. They lead positive change to ensure an environment and ethos that supports the prevention of obesity and health and well being of children, families, and staff.

What are the benefits to having a PANCo in my setting?

A PANCO is a recognised and credible qualification that will support your setting to meet Ofsted requirements and enable you to support the prevention to obesity through the promotion of best practice for employees, children, and families. It is high quality, evidence-based innovative and practical training. The qualification will fill a much-needed void in professional development for those practitioners working in the early years’ workforce at Level 3.

Employing a qualified PANCo within your setting will help you to develop and demonstrate best practice in the Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.

A PANCo is part of the wider The PANCo Programme that adopts a holistic approach that supports the well-being of children, families and Early Years staff teams through positive sustainable change by providing a framework of best practice.

How can I get a PANCo for my setting?

We encourage all settings to have a PANCo who will act as an agent for change within the setting. This role is ideal for practitioners with an, enthusiasm and interest in the health and wellbeing of children and families and a passion to lead positive change within their workplace. It is ideally for Level 3 practitioners employed in any early years setting e.g. Children’s Centres, voluntary groups, private/independent, childminder networks.

Employing a PANCo

There are a number of different ways in which your staff member can qualify to become a PANCo They must have achieved the nationally accredited and recognised Level 4 Certificate. EYAP2: Promoting health and well-being through physical activity and nutrition co-ordination (PANCo), is part of the Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner 601/8424/3.  The focus is upon demonstrating that the PANCo is able to identify and lead sustained change within the setting to support best practice in healthy eating and physical activity.

Supporting the PANCo role

We ask all setting leaders and managers to suport their PANCo by:

  • Joining the free PANCo network.
  • Implementing PANCo in Practice Quality Standards
  • Support the CPD of your PANCo guided by the PANCo Competency Framework

How much does it cost to do the qualification?

The price will be determined by the college delivering the qualification so please contact them directly.


Benefits of having a PANCo

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