Early Years Guidance Blogs

Allergy Management and Catering for Special Dietary Requirements

Some children in your childcare setting may be required to follow a special diet. This could be for a number of reasons, including allergies, intolerances or medical needs. You may also have children that have dietary requirements based on cultural and religious beliefs. It is essential that your setting has detailed policies and clear procedures…

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Food Policy Guidance for Early Years Settings

What is a food policy? A food policy is a written document and a public statement, enabling you, your staff, children and their parents/carers to understand your commitment to the provision of healthy foods and drinks and learning about food.  It’s important to remember a food policy is not just simply there to outline your…

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Looking After Children’s Teeth in the Early Years

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 problem as a quarter of 5 year olds have tooth decay with on average 3 to 4 affected teeth. Early Years…

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Breakfast in Your Early Years Setting

Why is breakfast important? Research shows that eating breakfast has positive effects on children’s concentration, supporting their morning learning, as well providing energy until their next snack or mealtime. Breakfast 20%Within the early years, breakfast should be seen as equally important as other meals and snacks. The morning meal plays an important role in providing…

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National Smile Month 2018

National Smile Month is almost upon us (starting the 14th May), so what better time to put oral health at the top of your agenda? In this weeks blog we explore a range of oral health promotion ideas you can do in your early years setting! Why is oral health important? Oral health has improved…

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Pancake Tuesday 2018

Will you be celebrating Pancake Day this Tuesday? If so, we want you to share your mouth-watering sweet and savoury creations with us! As you know, mealtimes provide a great opportunity for children to learn about and try new foods and to help develop their cooking skills. Pancake Day is a perfect opportunity to involve children in…

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Sterilisation and Making Up Infant Feeds Safely

In this blog post we’ll be exploring sterilisation during weaning with a particular focus on infant formula milk and how to safely make up feeds. Powdered Infant Formulas Not all families can or want to breastfeeding their baby, and it’s important they are supported to choose a suitable formula milk and given information on how…

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Change4Life New Campaign

The New Year brings with it the promise of new resolutions! While it can be a great time to make changes, it’s important to make changes at a time that works well for you and your family (as it means your more likely stick to them!). Change4Life have launched a new campaign to help support…

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Technology: A Helping Hand for Health?

It may not come as a surprise that The latest Health Survey for England revealed that only 55% of women and 67% of Men aged 16+ had achieved the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity across a week. Data from the 2017 NHS National Statistics also showed that only 26% of UK adults manage to…

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Water In A Winter Wonderland

It’s that time of year when temperatures are dropping and the dark nights are creeping in. During this time, many of us can fall into the habit of drinking less water. In the summer months we often feel hot and as a result we often crave a cold glass of water. However, this becomes less…

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