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CHILDRENS DIETRY REQUIREMENTS

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Dietary Requirements for children aged 0 to 16. All children what ever there age need a good balanced diet to included all food groups and nutrition , all food is made up of the following seven nutrients, Proteins build the body, are good for the brain, blood, skin and all other tissues. Carbohydrates Give energy. Fats Give energy, the body will store fats if to much be eaten and not used. Minerals build bones and teeth , naturally from the earth , include calcium , iron and fluoride. Vitamins. Help to maintain a healthy body. Fibre Helps to maintain a healthy bowel, adds bulk to foods making them more filling. Water. Makes up two thirds of the body weight and is essential to drink. To enable all of these nutrients to be added to a balanced diet, a child needs a portion from five different food groups these are as follows. Oils and fats. This is a concentrated source of energy, but too much can be bad for the heart resulting in heart disease later on in life. A small portion is required; this can be found in cheese, meat products, pies and biscuits. High protein foods. Essential for body growth, can be found in meat, fish, poultry, eggs, tofu, quorn and pulses. Children need 2 portions of this food group a day. Milk and Dairy. Contain protein, vitamins A and B for a healthy nervous system, is a good source of calcium which promotes strong healthy teeth and Bones. ...read more.

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As the baby grows and tries new fruit and vegetables the quantity gradually increases. By the time baby is approx 9 months old they are trying there first finger foods such as bread, breadsticks and fruit and vegetables, food is now given as a chopped up substance rather than pureed. As children grow they require more food and will show a preference for sweet, savoury or salty foods, however this can changes over time. Portion sizes will increase; young children require snacks during the day, as well as 3 meals per day. Children should be encouraged to eat healthily and educated in this subject to, this maintains healthy development and helps to expand consecration time. A selection of healthy berries. Our healthy eating policy. Food We work in partnership with parents to ensure that the medical, cultural and dietary needs of children are met. We help children to learn about a range of food, cultural approaches to mealtimes and eating and to respect the differences amongst them. Food and Drink Policy Statement of intent Willingtots Pre-school regards snack and meal times as an important part of the Pre-school's sessions. Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy eating. Aim At snack time, we aim to provide nutritious food, which meets the children's individual dietary needs. We aim to meet the full requirements of Ofsted's Care Standards on Food and Drink (Standard 8). ...read more.

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Never use any out of date foods, food that has been badly stored or if you are not 100% sure that it is SAFE. Be aware of any known allergies of children checking product labels and keeping all foods separated if preparing food for children with and without allergies, if possible does not use known allergy food in the food planning. A Menu for a child with no dietary requirements. Breakfast. Cereal Toast Fresh orange Juice Mid morning Snack. Fruit and vegetable sticks Cup of milk. Lunch. Shepard's pie New potatoes A selection of fresh vegetables. Yogurt Cup of Water or fresh Juice. Tea. Sandwiches Small Piece of cake Fresh fruit Cup of water of fresh Juice. A menu for a child who has celiac Breakfast. Fresh Grapefruit and orange segments. Yogurt Water or Milk. Mid morning Snack. Rice cakes Cup of milk or water Lunch Fish pie New or boiled potatoes A selection of fresh vegetables. Ice cream Water of fresh Juice. Tea. Jacket potato with cheese Fresh fruit Milk, water or fresh Juice. There is now a large selection of gluten free foods found in the supermarkets. A Menu for a Muslim child. Breakfast. Croissants Fresh fruit Water or fresh Juice. Mid morning snack. Bread sticks Water or fresh Juice. Lunch. Bean hot pot New or boiled potatoes. Selection of fresh vegetables. Fresh fruit salad Water or fresh juice. Tea. Vegetable stir fry Rice Fresh fruit salad Water or fresh Juice. Were no meat and fish is eaten it is of most important that protein is found in other sources like beans and pulses. A vegetable stir fry. ...read more.

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