Children's diets are often not as nutritious as they should be and provide more calories than necessary. It is vital for development that children eat a varied, nutritional diet to ensure a healthy upbringing.
What should an early year's diet consist of?
‘Children who are overweight or obese in childhood are more likely to become obese adults; this often leads to long-term health issues, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers…
Early years settings in England provide an estimated 3 million childcare places across all provider types, with many settings providing meals and snacks. This offers a unique opportunity to help build good eating habits and influence long term health.’
Source: Public Health England
I work with child care providers to educate the importance of good eating habits, as well as suggesting simple yet effective ways to implement them. Some of the services I offer are:
Workshops for childminders, nurseries and nannies, to help Early Years professionals understand the importance of a healthy diet, and the implications of certain foods.
I advise the best food policies to put in place within Childcare Provisions, to ensure the staff are providing the children access to a nutritional lifestyle.