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
Healthy eating in the early years is more than just what’s on the plate. It’s about consciously educating your children too, giving them the knowledge and independence to make healthy choices that will leave them in good stead for the future.
Around 20% of children in the UK are overweight by the time they are five years old, a number which rises to one in three by the time they leave primary school. So when it comes to the next generation’s health, it’s clear that the earlier we introduce these healthy habits, the better.
The aim should be to encourage children to make their own healthy choices, by making it as easy as possible. A great start could be to replace your biscuits with crackers, rice cakes or breadsticks (low-salt varieties), sweets with fruit, and white bread with wholemeal pitta bread.
Fruits and Vegetables are essential for children. Angels encourage this by serving lots of healthy snacks and meals. Our Staff understand the importance of hygiene and nutrition; we have provided them with a kitchen to ensure that the food is prepared fresh everyday. This ensures that our children can fully enjoy tasty meals, and will hopefully be looking forward to them everyday.
At Angels we have our Startwell Award which is a healthy lifestyle award for Early Years settings in Birmingham focusing on healthy eating and physical activity. We are very proud of this award and love to get our little ones into healthy routines and encouraging healthy eating habits.