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Dry January and Beyond

Have you heard about Dry January? January sees lots of people signing up for Dry January- a campaign that encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of January. Each year the campaign gains momentum, and according to a YouGov survey, 3.1 million people will go dry for January in 2019! While January is a fantastic time…

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Top Tips for Relaxing with your Baby

As parents and carers we have all experienced a baby who has become over-tired and needs particular help to calm down. In theses testing and stressful times, bear in mind some of these top tips. Think about the space you are in. Keep loud noises to a minimum, the room warm, and soften the lighting.…

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Is a vegan diet suitable for young children?

A number of food trends have become popular over the last few years, including a shift towards a vegan diet. According to Google searches, the vegan trend quadrupled between 2012 and 2017. It now gets almost 3 times more interest than vegetarian and gluten free searches. The Vegan Society reports there are currently 600,000 vegans…

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Sugar Awareness Week 2018 – Top tips when eating out with children

It’s Sugar Awareness Week 2018 (12th-18th November) and this years theme is ‘Eating out’. More than ¼ of adults and 1/5 of children eat out at least once a week. Did you know that children are also eating nearly 3 times the amount of sugar they should be?! They get half their sugar intake from…

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Eat In with Early Start – Halloween Pumpkin Cake

We know that many children will have a lot of sugar from sweets and treats over Halloween! Therefore we’ve created a yummy, nutritious Halloween Pumpkin Cake recipe, to show how the day can be celebrated in a healthier manor and still satisfy sweet fangs! The recipe, in line with Eat Better Start Better Guidelines is very…

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Allergy Management and Catering for Special Dietary Requirements

Written by: Georgia Leech Some children in your childcare setting may be required to follow a special diet. This could be for a number of reasons, including allergies, intolerances or medical needs. You may also have children that have dietary requirements based on cultural and religious beliefs. It is essential that your setting has detailed…

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National awareness days and events for your diary!

Lots of early year’s settings celebrate national awareness days and events throughout the calendar year. These can provide children with fantastic learning opportunities and can help to build their understanding of health, wellbeing and nutrition! One of the most popular awareness days was the recent Roald Dahl day, which promotes the importance of both reading…

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Getting started with Signalong

Teach your child to communicate their needs by using Signalong, a programme which uses signs and words together. The aim of Signalong is to help children acquire language skills and aid where there is communication difficulties. It can be a great way to boost language development in very young children and help children with speech,…

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Eat In With Early Start – Healthy Fruit Scones

Healthy Fruit Scones Baking is a great way to encourage children to learn about food as well as developing their maths. Try reading the numbers in the recipe and on the scales together. You can offer this scone recipe as a dessert or warmed up at breakfast.     ,   Healthy Fruit Scones By…

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Which Vitamin Supplements Should I Take During My Pregnancy?

Eating a healthy, varied diet in pregnancy will help you to get most of the vitamins and minerals you need. But when you are pregnant you will need to take some supplements. We explore the current recommendations. , Which Vitamin Supplements Should I Take During My Pregnancy? By Edwina Revel

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