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Nippers' Nutrition was a study of the nutritional content of meals provided to children at 10 day care nurseries and a project to change the food offered.

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2 Nippers' Nutrition was a study of the nutritional content of meals provided to children at 10 day care nurseries and a project to change the food offered to their charges in East Sussex.

3 The nurseries that took part covered a mixture of geographical and socioeconomic backgrounds, with some providing their own meals and some buying-in their meals from other suppliers.

4 Current Situation 1.5 million registered childcare places in the UK The child care providers influence 1 in 4 will start school overweight or obese

5 What is healthy eating for the under 5s? What we found v the other reports Specific nutritional requirements The Eatwell Plate? Parents creating social exclusion Application

6 Multi-agency working: The way forward

7 Children 1 st Nursery (Grantham) Full Day Care Menu Analysis for 1 week (as recipe states)

8 Pilgrim Hospital Nursery (Boston) Full Day Care Menu Analysis for 1 week (as recipe states)

9 Puddleduck’s Nursery (Spalding) Full Day Care Menu Analysis for 1 week (as recipe states)

10 Puddleduck’s Nursery (Spalding) Full Day Care Menu Analysis for 1 week (with sampling weights)

11 Achieving a balanced diet for children aged 1-5 years Variation Fruit and Vegetables-offer variety and small ‘tastes’ Minimal amounts of salt:1-3 years 2g /4-6 years 3g maximum per day Adequate amount of fat Adequate amount of fibre – not too much Not too much sugar Protein Starchy carbohydrates Minerals – Iron, Zinc, Calcium Vitamins A, D, C Keep well hydrated Consider Allergies Adult health messages are not the same for this age group

12 Practical Steps to take Don’t add salt to food Make dishes from scratch using fresh ingredients where possible Avoid/ limit foods that are high in salt Check food labels Don’t offer food as a reward Adopt a positive approach to healthy eating Don’t force children to eat Don’t deny them food- they are growing! Encourage them to try foods more than once Serve food little and often More information can be found at: Soil Association – Better Nursery Food campaign Caroline Walker Trust Food Standards Agency

13 Where do we go from here? Guidance for all Nursery settings Parental information booklet Conference

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