Early Years Guidance Blogs

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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Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit

Veg Power has launched an appeal to get us all eating more seasonal vegetables and support food producers during this strange time. As many food serving venues are closed, large quantities of local seasonal vegetables and fruit are at risk of going to waste! Let’s take a look at more of the benefits of eating…

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Vitamin D Requirements for Infants and Toddlers

Growing children need lots of energy and nutrients to support their growth and development and a good routine can help them to meet these requirements. Eating together as a family can support children to learn about and enjoy food. Offering three main meals, breakfast, lunch and tea is a great way of planning the variety…

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Fish fingers and potato wedges

In this months #EatInWithEarlyStart video, Edwina shares one of our favourite Friday night ‘fakeaways’. This is the perfect recipe to prepare and enjoy as a family. The kids will have lots of messy fun with this recipe. We set up a little production line for dipping the fish in flour, egg and breadcrumbs. You can choose…

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Fun Child-Friendly Recipes and Cooking Activities

We’ll all undoubtedly be spending a lot more time at home over the next few weeks. That’s why we’re starting to bring together all our favourite cooking activities and put them in free handy activity cards. Each one contains a detailed step-by-step guide on how to create each recipe, along with useful learning links, so…

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Take Care of YOUR 20 in 2020

Oral Health Week March 2020 Dental and oral hygiene is an area of great importance in Britain today. However, it is proven that dental pain caused by tooth decay is detrimental to school performance and that time off due to treatment and extractions is a major contributor to low school attendance figures! Why not incorporate…

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Choosing Childcare that Puts Nutrition at the Heart of their Practice

Encouraging children to eat well and learn about food early on in life not only protects their health when they’re young, but also sets the foundations for their future health and well-being. Therefore, it’s important to consider the nutrition provision and food culture of any prospective childcare providers for your little one. When visiting settings,…

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Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup

In this months #EatInWithEarlyStart video, Georgia creates one of our favourite winter warmers Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup. This is a fantastic recipe to make in bulk as it can easily be frozen and taken out on busy evenings when you have less time to cook. It is really easy to make and is packed full…

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Snacks in a winter wonderland

We’re always looking for ways to create snacks that are not only nutritionally balanced for little ones but fun for them to make! That’s why in this month’s blog we’re sharing snack ideas inspired by our favourite time of the year, Christmas! We’ve also created recipes based on Disney’s Frozen (our new favourite film!). Did…

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Supervised Tooth Brushing Programme

Susan Lawrence and Shrewsbury nursery are taking part in the Supervised Tooth Brushing programme which supports children in their setting on a daily basis to brush their teeth for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. Following training and support from the Dental Wellness Trust the nursery are successfully supporting children and families to learn the…

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