What could be more important than a healthy diet for your child? Nutrition is a major priority to Play & Learn Day Nursery. Play & Learn Day Nursery believe that healthy eating and physical activity are essential for growth and development in childhood. To help children develop healthy eating patterns from an early age we believe it is important to carefully consider the food and eating patterns to which they are exposed .
Infant nutrition (up to one year):
Children in the first year of life are following individual feeding and sleeping patterns. In accordance to good practice guidance Play & Learn Day Nursery do not disrupted but wherever possible integrated into the practitioners timetable for the day.
Breast v. bottle milk _ Breast milk is the best food for infants. Play & Learn Day Nursery support breastfeeding mothers and encourage them to continue providing breast milk. We ask breastfeeding mothers to provide expressed breast milk in a bottle for the practitioner to give to the infant.
Nutrition for children aged 1 to 5 years:
After weaning on to a variety of food tastes, in partnership with parents children are encouraged to eat a variety of foods from each of the four main food groups every day.
The four main food groups are:
1. Fruit and vegetables.
2. Bread, cereals and potatoes
3. Milk and dairy foods
4. Meat, fish and alternatives
The fifth food group, the fats and sugars are restricted.
Play & Learn Day Nursery regards snack and meal times as an important part of nursery life. Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy eating.