When planning and providing food and drink how you meet the needs of thechildren to include dietary and nutritional needs, follow government guidelines onhealthy eating, involve children in planning and preparation of snacks, encouragehealthy choices and how you document any information regarding food allergies,dietary requirements, food preferences
When planning and providing food and drink how you meet the needs of the childrento include dietary and nutritional needsSome children have allergies, some have religious restrictions to their diet eg halal,some children are vegetarian/vegan, children have foods which they dislikeFollow government guidelines on healthy eatingCheck these out on the government website, have a copy of these handy or on displayto refer to. Write these into your settings policy.Involve children in planning and preparation of snacksAsk children for their preferences, ask them to wash and chop up the snacks, givethem out, help to clear uphow you document any information regarding food allergies, dietary requirements,food preferencesThis information should be on new starter forms filled in by parents/carers andshould be kept in the child's file. A notice containing this information can also be putup on display for quick reference purposes-
when promoting childrens healthy physical development, how you provideopportunities for children to learn about how their bodies work and their healthneeds?
how you discuss these needs with the children, according to their ageand stage of development
Talk to children about how they have changed since they were babies: getthem to bring in a picture of themselves as babies and them now and make adisplay so they can see the changes for themselves, talk about what they needin order to grow and be healthy eg exercise, eating healthy foods and drinkinghealthy drinks, getting enough sleep, cleaning their teeth, staying clean, lookingafter their hair. Bring in lots of different fruits or fruit juices into thesetting and have a tasting session. Make a bar graph to show which is theirfavourite/least favourite. Give the children an outline of a plate or lunchboxand get them to draw a healthy meal. Ask the children what they think wouldhappen if they just ate chips, burgers, sweets and crisps and just drank fizzydrinks. Talk to the children about all the different exercise they could do egplay football, tennis, swimming, walking, find out which they like doing. Talkabout what the children can do to look after themselves eg brush their hair,clean their teeth, wash their face, eat breakfast - have a fun session singingand miming "this is the way we brush our hair, brush our hair, brush our hair,this is the way we wash our hair, early in the morning".