Early Years Guidance Blogs

Healthy Recipes for Little Ones – Celebrations and Special Occasions

Children love to celebrate special occasions and events, such as birthdays, Christmas, Diwali and Halloween. However, much of the food and drinks offered during these celebrations is packed full of sugar and often fat and salt too! While it’s absolutely fine for children to have the occasional treat or two, multiple celebrations can mean lots…

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Vegan Breakfast Muffins

In this months #EatInWithEarlyStart video, Georgia creates these healthy Vegan breakfast muffins! This is a fantastic recipe to make with your little ones as they’ll love to weigh out and stir together the ingredients. It’s also a great recipe to help add more variety at breakfast times! Visit our YouTube channel to see the full…

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Should I offer my toddler puddings?

A healthy balanced diet and regular physical activity are essential for children’s health and well being. We want to ensure all children get the right energy and nutrients, in the right amount, to help them to grow and develop. A healthy diet for children should include a variety of food and drink, provided as part…

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Early Years Infographics

Early Years Infographics The following infographics produced by the Early Start Nutrition team can be downloaded or used on your social media accounts. The infographics are a useful way to highlight important health and wellbeing messages and can be linked to health promotion themes in your setting/place of work. Download your copy here now! Download…

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Cooking With Children

Why cook with children? Cooking with your children is a great way to give them the skills and confidence to cook later in life. Time spent cooking is an enjoyable, engaging and creative activity and research shows it is an effective way of encouraging all children to try and eat a wider range of foods….

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Early Start Making the News!

Oral health is part of general health and wellbeing and contributes to the development of a healthy child and school readiness. There are lots of ways we can support children to have the best start in life and looking after their teeth is one way. Tooth decay is largely preventable, yet it remains a serious…

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Why Prioritise Nutrition in your Early Years Setting?

Here at Early Start Nutrition our role is to advocate good nutrition for children under 5 and their families. We do this by supporting early years settings to provide healthy balanced meals for children, create positive eating environments, provide opportunities to learn about food and promote key nutrition messages to families. However, we understand that…

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Encouraging Families to Learn About Food at Home

As an early years setting you have lots of opportunities for children to learn about and explore different foods. You can support  children’s specific learning areas in line with  the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework . For example, their ‘Understanding of the world’, through  activities such as growing strawberries, teaching children where different foods…

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Is a vegan diet suitable for young children?

A number of food trends have become popular over the last few years, including a shift towards a vegan diet. According to Google searches, interest in the vegan diet has increased seven fold in the five years between 2014 and 2019. It now gets almost four times more interest than vegetarian and gluten free searches….

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National awareness days and events for your diary!

Lots of early year’s settings celebrate national awareness days and events throughout the calendar year. These can provide children with fantastic learning opportunities and build on their understanding of health and nutrition! To help your early years settings plan ahead, we’ve dedicated this months blog to 2018/19 awareness days and events! We’ll also provide lots…

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