Early Years Settings

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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Guide To Making Up Infant Formula

In this blog we’ll be exploring the Start4Life guide to preparing infant formula, how to sterilise baby feeding equipment and making up your baby’s feeds safely. It’s also important that staff in your early years setting (nursery/childminder) follow the step- by- step guide to correctly and safety preparing feeds. What is infant formula milk? Infant…

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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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Menu Planning Options

Menu Planning Tips for Early Years Settings

In this blog we’ll be exploring menu planning tips for early years settings, such as nurseries and childminders. Did you know, 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 EYFS welfare requirement…

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Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit

Veg Power has launched an appeal to get us all eating more seasonal vegetables (and fruit) to support food producers and reduce food waste Let’s take a look at more of the benefits of eating seasonal vegetables and fruit.  Seasonal vegetables and fruit are typically of a higher quality and flavour Foods that are grown…

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Growing and Gardening Activities for Children

There are so many benefits to gardening with children and so in this blog we explore some fantastic basic growing activities that you can do indoors or outdoors with your little ones. Why are gardening activities beneficial? Growing and gardening activities offer so many fun and interesting learning opportunities for children. For example, children can:…

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Newham Community Nutrition Awards Winners

Our ambition here in Newham is to ensure that every child has access to nutritious and affordable food to support their health, well-being and development. We know that giving children the best start in life is the most effective way to address health inequalities long term. With one in five children already overweight or obese…

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Winners of the Newham Community Nutrition Awards

Newham Community Nutrition Awards- Celebrating Success in the Early Years On Friday 14th February 2020 we celebrated the fantastic work that’s taken place in early years settings over the last year! The Early Start Nutrition team and a host of guests honoured early year’s settings who are putting nutrition at the heart of their practice….

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Food Based Activities for Children

There are so many benefits to providing early years children with opportunities to cook and learn about food. Supports children to try new foods– they become familiar with the sensory properties of foods, such as smell, taste and texture Positive food exposure– can help to support fussy/ picky eaters Supports physical development– e.g. hand eye…

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How to Support Children who are Fussy Eaters

In this blog we’ll explore why children can become fussy eaters and provide you with top tips to help you support little ones at nursery and at home. What is Fussy Eating? While there is no individually accepted definition of the term ‘fussy eater’, it’s generally recognised as a type of feeding difficulty where children…

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