Studies show that healthy habits established during early childhood are carried in to adulthood. However, good nutrition is particularly important during the first few years. From the time a child is born until the age of 5, the human body experiences its most rapid period of growth. Early childhood is a time when strong muscles and bones are most important in order to prevent injury or damage. Calcium from milk, cheeses and yoghurts helps to strengthen a child’s bones as they grow. Proteins from items such as eggs and peanut butter provide children with energy to fuel muscles to allow children to play without damaging muscle tissue.
Promoting nutrition at Caterpillar
The aim of the nutrition policy at Caterpillar to encourage young children to make positive choices when it comes to food and nutrition. We encourage parents to provide proteins for growth, carbohydrates and proteins for energy and essential minerals and vitamins found in raw foods, such as salad and fruits.
By using meal times to encourage children to develop independence through making healthy choices, we can effectively encourage the development of lifetime healthy habits.
Encouraged food items:
- Cereal bars
- Popcorn/savoury biscuits
Discouraged food items:
- Processed meats (hot dogs etc.)
- Potato chips
- Soda drinks
Rachel O’Leary – Nursery Manager, Caterpillar Nursery.