Alliance launches nutrition course with Early Years Nutrition Partnership
By Rachel Lawler
The course includes three modules: Nutrition fundamentals for children aged one to four; healthy portion sizes; and healthy packed lunches.
Designed to give practitioners a fuller understanding of why nutrition is so important in the early years, the course looks at oral health, typical eating habits and the role of main food groups.
Fundamentals of nutrition
Annie Denny, nutrition development manager at the EYNP, said: “We’re delighted to have been involved in developing this exciting new EduCare course, providing practitioners the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of early years nutrition.
“Getting healthy eating right at this early stage is crucial, and with children spending more and more time in early years settings, it’s important that they are learning good habits, and being exposed to a variety of different foods. This course is a great introduction to the other services we can offer settings through the Early Years Nutrition Partnership.”
Michael Freeston, director of quality improvement at the Alliance, added: “With more than one in five children overweight or obese by the time they start primary school, early years practitioners play a vital role in helping children and families establish positive eating habits from the very start.”
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