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Why Prioritise Nutrition in your Early Years Setting?

Here at Early Start Nutrition our role is to advocate good nutrition for children under 5 and their families. We do this by supporting early years settings to provide healthy balanced meals for children, create positive eating environments, provide opportunities to learn about food and promote key nutrition messages to families. However, we understand that…

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Encouraging Families to Learn About Food at Home

Written by: Jamie Douglas As an early years setting you have lots of opportunities for children to learn about and explore different foods. You can support  children’s specific learning areas in line with  the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework . For example, their ‘Understanding of the world’, through  activities such as growing strawberries, teaching…

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Frequently Asked Questions – Signalong

Q. What is the difference between Signalong and Makaton? A. Signalong and Makaton are both multi modal signing programmes, combining signs from BSL, speech and symbols and are designed to support those who have language and communication difficulties. The main difference is the method the programmes are taught: Signalong training, attendees are taught to analyse…

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10 Reasons Why You Should Attend a Baby Massage Class

I have been working as a baby massage instructor for over 14 years now and it has been one of the most rewarding aspect of my career.   Within classes I teach techniques to help alleviate infant health problems, such as colic, wind, constipation and teething.  It’s lovely when parents form friendships and support each other…

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Apple and Pear Porridge

We know that children are having nearly THREE times more sugar than they should! By swapping just one or two foods across the week  as a family you can cut down on how much sugar your child is having.  So why not try swapping sugary cereal such as frosted flakes, honey or chocolate cereal for…

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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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