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Physical Activity in Early Childhood – a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood

Edwina and Georgia, Registered Nutritionists (RNutr), are members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for a Fit and Healthy Childhood. This week we attended launch of the groups eighth report ‘Physical Activity in Early Childhood’ which the team were delighted to make a contribution to. The report highlights the importance of physical activity in early childhood…

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Celebrations in Early Years Settings

Early Years Settings are a fantastic place to celebrate special occasions and events, such as birthday’s, Christmas, Eid and Diwali. However, much of the food and drink associated with these celebrations and festivities, are high in fat, salt and sugar. We’ve therefore dedicated this weeks blog to bringing you alternative ideas for celebrating events in…

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Portion Size Guide for Adults and Children

Adults and children need energy and nutrients to carry out everyday tasks and to maintain a healthy weight. Nearly a third of children aged two to 15 are currently overweight in the UK. A healthy lifestyle can help to reduce our risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers….

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Seasonal Foods

As we reach the beginning of October, we felt it a good time to focus our weekly blog on seasonal foods. You might be wondering why it matters if you eat seasonally. There are a whole host of benefits to purchasing and eating seasonal foods, which we’ll explore in this weeks blog.  Firstly, eating seasonal foods is…

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Expert Advice from our Favourite Professionals

We’ve been lucky enough over the years to work with a fantastic range of professionals. We’ve learnt so much from them and the work they do and wanted to bring you some of their expert advice and top tips. Rosie Lisser, Senior Parenting Practitioner, Early Start Parenting Team Catherine Lippe, BSc (hons), RNutr Registered Nutritionist…

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Lunch Ideas for Work

With a busy work life schedule it can be hard to think of inspiring lunch ideas. You may find yourself reaching for that high-street meal deal more often than you’d like. We’ve dedicated this weeks blog to bring you some simple tasty recipes to brighten up your lunch time. Super Speedy Spicy Chicken and avocado…

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Healthy Start

The Department of Health recommends that all children aged one to four years are given a daily supplement in the form of Vitamin Drops. Some families may be eligible for the Healthy Start scheme, which means they are entitled to free child Vitamin Drops. It is important for health and early years professionals to promote…

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Top Tips for Back to Nursery

In this months blog we’ve decided to focus on a few of the key considerations for your early years settings as the new term gets underway. Take a look at your menus Now is a great time to reflect on how your menus are working. Speak to staff to find out whats working well and…

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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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Scrumptious Gruffalo Crumble

The last couple of weeks have felt a little autumnal. We’ve had our fair share of dreary days and if you’re anything like us, you’re craving warm comforting food! In this weeks blog we’re bringing you a very special apple and blackberry crumble… A Gruffalo inspired crumble in fact, adapted from the Gruffalo Cookbook. “But…

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