Healthy Eating

Why is healthy eating important in Early Years?

Good nutrition is essential during childhood, as it is a time of rapid growth, development and activity.

This is also a vital time for healthy tooth development and prevention of decay.  General eating habits and patterns are formed in the first few years of life.

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.

You do not need to achieve this balance with every meal, but try to get the balance right over a day or even a week.

Please follow the link for more information –

Eatwell guide

Children under the age of 2 Years

The Eatwell Guide does not apply to children under the age of 2 because they have different nutritional needs.

Between the ages of 2 and 5, children should gradually move to eating the same foods as the rest of the family in the proportions shown in the Eatwell Guide.

Packed Lunch

At Jenny Wren Nursery we are always trying to promote healthy eating during our snack times and lunch times.  We would like parents to work with us in making sure each child has the healthiest lunch they possible can.  Below is what we would expect a lunch box to look like.

  • – 1 portion of Vegetables
  • – 1 portion of Fruit
  • – 1 portion of Milk or Dairy products
  • – 1 portion of Meat, Chicken or Protein
  • – 1 portion of Grains
  •  1 small treat- optional

Please find more information by following the Lunchbox Leaflet link – Lunchbox-Leaflet

The above are just suggestions, there are many more you could add and of course lots of foods that cover more than one food group.

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