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Celebrations in Early Years Settings

Celebrations in Early Years Settings Your Early Years Setting is a fantastic place to celebrate events and special occasions, such as birthday’s, Christmas, Eid and Diwali.  Here at Early Start Nutrition, we’ve worked with lots of setting to support them in planning events, so we want to share some of our favourite ideas with you!…

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Family Breakfast Ideas

Check out some of our nutritious family breakfast ideas for you and your little ones! Tasty Toast Toppers Toast toppers are a great way of adding some variety to your breakfast! For example: Avocado and eggs, such as poached an scrambled  Nut butter with sliced fruit, such as banana or berries Cheese and tomatoes Beans…

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Supervised Tooth Brushing Programme

Delivering a Tooth Brushing Programme in your Nursery As set out in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, early years providers are required to promote the good oral health of children. This has been included because good oral health habits need to be formed from an early age. Tooth decay is largely preventable,…

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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 portion size guidance for adults and children and provide some…

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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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