Early Years Guidance Blogs

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Delightfully Delicious Pancake Recipes

Pancake day is fast approaching (frankly we love to make pancakes all year round!), so we wanted to create a blog post to share our favourite pancake recipes. They’re quick to whip up, delightfully delicious and it’s super easy to vary your toppings! Making pancakes can also be a fun activity for the whole family,…

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Catering for Vegetarian Children in your Early Years Setting

Here in the UK, we have fantastic evidence based advice and resources to support us to eat well and meet our nutritional requirements. This comes in the form of Public Health England’s (PHE) Eatwell Guide, which aims to help us to make healthy choices when shopping, preparing meals or eating out. To achieve a good…

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Safety at Mealtimes for Infants and Toddlers – Gagging v’s Choking

“I’m worried my baby might choke if their food isn’t smooth” As parents, you may be nervous about introducing solid foods and worried about your little one gagging or choking. We want to support you to feel more confident at mealtimes and provide your with simple steps that you can follow to manage gagging and…

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Nutrition Advent Calendar

Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year! There’s lots of festive fun to be had in creating a range of recipes, that can be made by even the smallest of hands. This year we’re bringing together some of our favourite Christmas themed recipes, as part of our Nutrition Advent Calendar. For…

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Menu Planning Options

Menu Planning FAQ’s and Common Pitfalls

In this month’s blog, we answer some of the common questions around menu planning in your early years setting. We also take a look at some of the common pitfalls that we see when we review menus. This will support you when planning nutritious and exciting food for the little ones in your setting! Are…

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Halloween Treats

It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is just around the corner! As you’ll probably know, we love creating themed recipes here at Early Start Nutrition, so we’ve decided to bring you a blog full of spook-tacular recipes (and bad Halloween puns!). Halloween is often a time where children have a lot of sugary foods, such…

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What can you do to increase the uptake of Healthy Start?

What is Healthy Start? Healthy Start is the UK’s food welfare scheme for pregnant women and young children in low-income families. The scheme is there to help families who are most in need of this support. Families can access FREE vouchers to spend on fresh, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables, fresh, dried and tinned…

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Back to Nursery Tips from the Experts

As children begin to return to nursery and school it is the perfect time to reflect on routines and set new ones in place. We are sharing top tips from some of our favourite professionals to help with nursery routines. Immunisations During the Pandemic Dr Lucy Brennan is a GP based in Glasgow, and also…

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Menu Planning Options

Menu Planning Tips for Early Years Settings

In this month’s blog, we’ll be talking about planning nutritious balanced menus. Did you know that the Eat Better Start Better (EBSB) guidelines are the voluntary food and drink guidelines for early years settings, here in the UK? Following EBSB will support your setting to meet the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) welfare requirement for…

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Fussy eating strategies for families

Fussy eating is common among toddlers and considered a normal part of their development! However, if your little one is a fussy or picky eater, it can be a worrying time for you and other family members. There are lots of strategies that you can try at home, and in partnership with your childcare provider…

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