The food served in pre-school services is of key importance in the young child’s health, particularly for children in full day care. Some areas of nutritional concern for young children are;
- ensuring appropriate energy intake for growth and development
- the prevention of iron deficiency anaemia
- adequate intake of vitamin C and calcium
The pre-school service provides an excellent setting for promoting positive habits and attitudes to healthy eating and being active as part of a healthy lifestyle. The provision of nutritious food positively enhances not only a child’s health, but also allows the child to take full advantage of the learning opportunities provided in pre-schools.