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Why is it so important for children to eat healthily?


Did you know?

Only 42.5% of young children consume fresh fruit every day and only 22.6% consume vegetables every day.


It is so important for young children to eat healthily as it sets them up with good habits that can last later into adulthood. A healthy enjoyable snack and a healthy lunch gives children the energy they need to play and learn.


As a Pre-School, it is our responsibility to support children in healthy eating. We provide fresh fruit and vegetables at snack time and the children always have access to water and milk.


Did you know?

It is a statutory requirement for Pre-Schools to support children in healthy eating.


This image shows each food group and how much of that food group a person should be consuming within their diet.


As you can see, the biggest section is fruit and vegetables!


Snacks such as sweets and chocolate are in the smallest category - children should not be eating these regularly.


Keep sweets and chocolate as a treat!



Did you know?

There are 5 different food groups - we have listed them below!

  • Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates - these foods provide carbohydrates which give your child energy for the day.

  • Fruit and vegetables - these foods provide vitamins and minerals which help your children's bodies fight against illness.

  • Dairy and alternatives - these foods are a good source of calcium, for strong bones and teeth.

  • Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins - these foods provide protein, iron and zinc which helps your child grow!

  • Foods and drinks high in saturated fat, sugar (and/or salt) - these types of foods are damaging for your child's health and eating too much can cause problems later in life.




Useful Links:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/baby/weaning-and-feeding/what-to-feed-young-children/

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/healthy-eating-what-young-children-need












The Pre-School is an accredited Sheffield Healthy Early Years setting, this award recognises our efforts in supporting our children’s health and wellbeing.

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