Nutrition in the Early Years

This course, aimed at childcare practitioners and others involved in the nutrition of children, looks at importance of giving young children a good start in life through nutritious food to enable them to grow, develop and have a healthy life. Learners will be introduced to the components of a healthy diet, including protein, vitamins and minerals. The importance of giving a portion of food depending on the size of the child and of being very careful with food allergies and intolerances is also explained. The course also looks at food phobias.

Learning outcomes:

Learner will be knowledgeable about what makes a healthy diet.

Learner will understand a well-balanced meal

Learner will understand the importance of portion control

Advantages of this course:

It is important that anyone caring for children is knowledgeable about what makes a healthy diet, from the food groups that make up a healthy diet to portion control. This course includes aspects of nutrition from weaning onwards, introduces proteins, vitamins and minerals, and looks at the latest legislation on food allergens and the food standards for schools.

Additional activities encourage the learner to reflect on the learning. There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge


Our CPD short courses are written by occupationally competent professionals and each lesson combines filmed tutorials, reading activities, quizzes and good practice examples for an engaging learning experience.


Many of our courses are endorsed learning programmes (ELPs) by awarding body, CACHE


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