Please find some healthy eating leaflets:
This has been certified by the Children’s Food Trust who are the leading experts in children’s nutrition.
This means you can be sure the food served to your child whilst they are at Rainbow is varied and nutritious and meets the Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years settings. We are committed to ensuring every child has the opportunity to eat well.
Our achievement of this award demonstrates that we are dedicated to providing healthy food and drink for all the children in our care.
The Children’s Food Trust is on a mission to get every child eating well and believe that when children eat better they do better. We share that belief. So we are making sure the food we provide at our pre-school gives children the energy and nutrition they need to fulfil their potential.
We hope that you share our enthusiasm for the award and will see the benefits good food brings in helping your children to play, learn and grow.
The amount that children should eat depends on their size and age – there are no set rules. But a good guide to a 5-a-day fruit or vegetable portion for them is the amount they can fit into the palm of their hand!!
The average toddler is only getting 27% of their daily dietary requirement of vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for bone development and is one of the hardest nutrients to get. Research shows a recent influx in rickets in children due to vitamin D deficiency!
Vitamin D is found in oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, eggs, fortified fat spreads, fortified breakfast cereals, powdered milk and summer sun!
The Department of Health recommends that all children aged 6 months – 5 yrs should take a daily supplement containing vitamin D.
Toddlers should have six to eight drinks per day to ensure adequate hydration and keep constipation at bay?! Drinks should be from a beaker or cup. Milk and water are the best drinks to offer to minimise tooth decay (children of two years and older can have semi-skimmed milk). Tea and coffee reduce the amounts of iron that children can absorb and should not be given at all!
Porridge is the breakfast superfood!!
During the colder months, there is nothing like a warm bowl of porridge to get your children going in the morning. Eating porridge maintains children’s energy for longer, so discourages snacking in between meals and supports children and families to maintain a healthy weight.
Eating porridge for breakfast has some great health benefits it can prevent heart disease, certain cancers and constipation. Make porridge more exciting by adding fruit, nuts, seeds or a drizzle of honey.