Good nutrition is the cornerstone of healthy development for children. Children’s nutritional needs vary significantly by age group, but generally children should be given wholesome foods full of energy-giving nutrients instead of foods full of sugar, salt and saturated fat.

This topic covers the basics of effective child nutrition and looks at the nutritional guidelines that apply to early years. It also covers food problems, such as obesity and food allergies, and staff training.

The practical arrangements relating to meals are covered in the Meals and Mealtimes topic. Food hygiene is covered in the Food Safety topic.

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