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Food and Nutrition

“Good nutrition is important for all, especially for those younger than five years as these years are demanding for the developing child. They are the years in which children acquire many of the physical attributes and the social and psychological structures for life and learning." (British Medical Association 2005)

missionWe support and promote nutritional balanced diet for our kids. Young children need energy (in the form of calories from food) and nutrients such as protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals to make sure that their bodies work properly and grow. A good diet is particularly important for young children as early food experiences will impact on eating patterns and habits in their adult life.

Why is a healthy diet for young children so important?

  • It helps to improve their concentration, learning and behaviour
  • Promotes proper physical growth and development
  • Builds up their strength
  • Promotes resistance to infection
  • Gives plenty of energy
  • Minimises future health risks like iron-deficiency anaemia, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and dental decay
  • Helps them to establish healthy eating patterns and habits for life

What does a healthy diet for very young children look like?

  • Lots of choice and balance
  • Lots of fruit and vegetables
  • Lots of starchy foods, bread, rice, potatoes, pasta
  • Contains calcium and iron-rich foods – milk and dairy, and other sources of protein, such as meat, fish, eggs, beans
  • Regular healthy meals and snacks
  • Low salt and added sugar

How we can help our young children to develop healthy eating habits?

  • Be a good role model
  • Make food and eating times an enjoyable fun social event
  • Encourage child to try lots of different foods
  • Unless you need to, don’t exclude particular food or drinks
  • Offer healthy alternatives to usual sugary or fatty ‘treats’
  • Avoid fizzy, sugary drinks
  • Encourage child to drink lots of water instead