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Early Years Nutrition Hub

Here you can access free videos, ebooks, blogs and tips, designed to help you stay informed about child nutrition.

Early Years Nutrition Hub Collaborators

From some of the leading Early Years Nutrition Experts

Early years settings provide an ideal opportunity to encourage young children to eat well and learn about food. This not only helps protect their health while young but also sets the foundations for their future health and wellbeing. 

Early years settings have the opportunity to successfully support and encourage children and their parents/carers to gain knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy, and evidence of a whole setting approach to healthy eating. We’ve pulled together this resource hub to help early years settings to adopt and demonstrate a healthier approach.

The Professional Nursery Kitchen

Ask the Experts Q&A Session

Welcome to Julieta Matayoshi, Early Years nutrition consultant at The Professional Nursery Kitchen (TPNK), and Louise Mercieca, a nutritional therapist, owner of The Health Kick and author who is working with TPNK to improve its offering. 

We asked them for their advice on Early Years Nutrition, catch up on the 10 point Q&A interview on our blog.

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Free eBook - Nutrition in the Early Years and it's impact on Mental Health

Louise Mercieca opened our eyes to the impact that food and nutrition can have on children’s mental health and wellbeing.

In this eBook you will learn:

  • Future Health Predictions and the power we have to change them
  • The impact of nutrition on a child’s mental health
  • Support for Parents
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Free Download - Nutrition Matters

Published by The Professional Nursery Kitchen, the Nutrition Matters guide gives tips on how to manage healthy eating in Early Years.

In this eBook you will learn:

  • A guide to portion sizes
  • Prevention of choking
  • How to manage food allergies and intolerances

More insights on the blog...

Something for you to watch...

The link between food and mental health - With Louise Mercieca from Early Years TV Food Channel
How can sport impact Child Mental Health? - With Louise Mercieca - Early Years TV Food Channel and Vicky Macqueen -ex England Rugby player
How does food shape your child

How food shapes your child

Louise’s award-winning book shows you how feeding a child is not just about the amount of food that they eat but how food shapes their health now and in the future.  It’s engaging and designed for children to be involved and has lots of family-friendly recipes.

Food Glorious Food

This cookery book, produced by the NMT, is packed full of delicious and nutritious recipes supplied by our wonderful nursery family. Each page will explore different cultures, cuisines and flavours from traditional British desserts to Chinese-inspired curries.

Supporting our amazing health care workers, 50% of the profits from each book will go to NHS Charities Together.

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Find out more about the experts...

Julieta Matayoshi - The Professional Nursery Kitchen

Julieta is passionate about ensuring children have the best start in life. The early years really is the only opportunity to help children gain dietary habits which will take them through the rest of their lives. Julieta’s role is to support nurseries with nutrition, allergies and fussy eating. Julieta spends a lot of time visiting nurseries and sharing their feedback with the kitchen team to ensure their recipes and menus are the best they can be.

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Louise Mercieca - The Health Kick

Award-winning Nutritional Therapist, author and Presenter of her own Food Channel for Early Years Nutrition. Louise is very passionate about preventative nutrition and believes the best way to do this is to get it right from the start, in Early Years. Hence why she’s on a bit of an Early Years Nutrition Mission! It all started when she studied Nutrition for Children’s Brain Development early in 2018, this inspired her so much she decided to write a book.

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Nutritional Considerations for Autistic Populations

The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly tough for many autistic people and their families. Services have closed and many people have been left stranded. The ever-changing guidelines and restrictions can be confusing to understand and extremely difficult to implement for autistic people with high support needs. 

For children with Autism, a nutritious, balanced diet can make a world of difference in their ability to learn, how they manage their emotions and how they process information. Because children with Autism often avoid certain foods or have restrictions on what they eat, as well as difficulty sitting through mealtimes, they may not be getting all the nutrients they need.

Leading Early Years Food Experts, The Professional Nursery Kitchen, have teamed up with Louise Mercieca from The Health Kicj to develop a six-part series to help Early Years Staff and Parents understand the impact of nutrition on children with autism. 

FURTHER SUPPORT FOR PARENTS & CHILD NUTRITION

ParentHub brings a wealth of resources directly to parents through their ParentZone app. Through ParentZone Nurseries can keep parents up to date, sending photos and updates via the app. Meals can be logged quickly and even bulk uploaded for multiple children, so your parents will know exactly what their child has eaten during their day. This will encourage them to promote healthy eating at home.
Don’t have ParentZone yet? Find out more about the features, or book a demo today