Early Years Settings

Supervised Tooth Brushing Programme

Deliver a Tooth Brushing Session in your Nursery Susan Lawrence and Shrewsbury nursery are taking part in the Supervised Tooth Brushing programme. The programme supports children to brush their teeth for two minutes, daily, using a fluoride toothpaste. Following training and support from the Dental Wellness Trust the nursery are successfully supporting children and families…

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Snack Time in Your Early Years Setting

A common question we’re asked here at Early Start Nutrition, is around what foods to serve children at snack time. In this blog we’ll be exploring how to plan healthy snacks for little ones and which foods to include.  As part of a healthy meal routine, toddlers should be offered 2-3 healthy snacks across the…

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Dietary Requirements and Allergy Management in your Early Years Setting

Dietary Requirements and Allergy Management in your Early Years Setting In this blog we’ll be exploring some of the key considerations around allergy management in your early years setting, along with how to meet children’s dietary requirements, as outlined in the Eat Better Start Better Guidelines. Some children in your childcare setting may be required…

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Portion Size Guide for Adults and Children

It’s important for us to eat a variety of foods from the four main food groups to ensure we get all the nutrients we need. However, it can be tricky to know how much is enough. That’s why we’ve created this blog, to help outline rough portion size guidance and to think about how to…

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Teaching Children to Cook

It’s important that we’re teaching children to cook, as it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to learn new skills and explore a range of foods from an early age. We know that developing healthy eating habits and an interest in food, early on, can help promote lifelong positive attitudes and enjoyment of good food and…

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Looking after baby and toddler teeth

The Early Start Nutrition team met dentist Dr Saul and asked him for information top tips around looking after baby and toddler teeth. Good oral health has lots of  benefits for children from helping them to bite and chew to speech and language development. Children’s first teeth, often known as milk teeth, usually appear around…

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Toddlers desserts and puddings – should I offer them?

Why offer desserts? To support toddlers to meet their energy and nutrient requirements they need regular meals, desserts /  puddings and snacks across the day. Toddlers can be offered three meals (breakfast, lunch, tea), desserts and puddings and two or three snacks each day to get the balance of nutrients they need. Alongside lunch and…

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Which Milk Should I Offer My Toddler?

It is important to ensure your toddler gets enough fluid across the day and this can be achieved by offering them six to eight drinks (each 100 to 150ml). You may find your little one needs more fluids in warm weather or when exercising. The best drinks for your toddler are milk and water. Water…

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Sterilising Baby Feeding Equipment and Making Up Infant Feeds

In this blog post we’ll be exploring how to sterilise baby feeding equipment and making up infant feeds safely. Not all families can or want to breastfeeding their baby, so it’s important they’re supported to choose a suitable formula milk and that they’re given information on how to safely make up feeds. It’s also important…

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

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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