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Family Breakfast Ideas

In this blog we share our favourite family breakfast ideas. It’s important to remember that the word breakfast literally means breaking our fast. We don’t typically eat through the night, so our bodies have gone for a long period of time without fuel. Eating breakfast in the morning helps provide energy for both our brain…

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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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Brain Games for Toddlers

Boost your little ones maths, science and literacy skills with these fun, inexpensive brain games for toddlers that you can create with objects from around your home! Make your own colour matching toys Sorting and matching is such an important early math skill that helps in classification of objects. We always start with learning to sort…

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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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Child dressing themselves

Teaching Your Child to Dress Themselves

Teaching your child to get dress themselves is an important life skill and can be hard to learn.  Children learning to dress themselves builds confidence, giving them a sense of achievement and gratification they have accomplished something.  It also encourages independence, meaning helping them to get dressed is one less thing for you to do!…

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Choosing a Cup for your Baby

Introducing your baby to a cup is an important step as it requires them to sip. This helps them to develop the muscles in and around their face and mouth which are helpful for biting, chewing and talking. This blog will support you in choosing the right cup for your baby.  Current guidelines recommend that…

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Baby Foods – homemade or shop-bought?

If you’ve ever taken a stroll down the baby food isle in a supermarket, you’ll have seen the huge variety of foods and products on offer. It can seem like a minefield! Parents often ask us which is better, homemade or shop-bought baby foods? In this blog we’ll be exploring how you can make simple…

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Fun Child-Friendly Recipes and Cooking Activities

In this blog we bring together all our favourite fun child-friendly recipes and 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 you can make cooking fun and educational. Most of our recipes use basic…

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