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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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Know your Labels

Current Challenges Children are having nearly three times more sugar than the recommended daily amount every day. The link between dental decay and the consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar is well established. Sugars in drinks play a significant role in the development of overweight and obesity in children and young people. A…

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Super Simple Summer Recipe of the Week

The summer holidays are upon us and, rather predictably, the weather hasn’t quite lived up to our sunny expectations! It can be difficult thinking of low cost activities to keep children entertained when at home. In this weeks blog we provide you with a super simple pizza recipe for you to have fun and create…

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The All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood

Edwina and Georgia are members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for a Fit and Healthy Childhood, contributing to a number of reports. Our contribution to the group has been recognised by Helen Clarke, Chair of the Working Group. Maternal Obesity, June 2017 Physical Education, October 2016 Helen Clark: Lead Author for The All Party…

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Summer Snacking

Schools out for Summer! The holidays have finally arrived, bringing with it the prospect of good weather and family time. Children will be looking forward to trips to the park and seaside or picnics and celebrations with friends. Holidays can be an expensive time, especially when it comes to eating out. Planning can be key…

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Bin The Bottle Blog

Did you know? A study conducted in 2011, found that 81% of parents reported that their child was using the bottle alongside the cup. Only 18% of children aged 1-4 years were using a cup for all drinks. The Department of Health (DOH) recommend that infants should be introduced to drinking from a cup from…

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