Studies have documented that schedules and routines influence children’s emotional, cognitive, and social development. Predictable and consistent schedules in preschool classrooms help children feel secure and comfortable. Also, schedules and routines help children understand the expectations of the environment and reduce the frequency of behaviour problems, such as tantrums and acts of aggression. Children thrive on routine and knowing what comes next. It gives them security and makes them more settled. It is easier for them to learn because they have boundaries set and they know that they are safe within those boundaries even though they push them every day. Children who have a structured care routine on a daily basis experience a sense of stability and security. The child knows what to expect each day and when to expect it. Activities that were once a struggle, such as nap time, begin to become an easy transition. The hard part may be keeping it flexible enough to meet the varying needs of each child if there is more than one child in the home. Setting a schedule for meals and snacks will help keep the children satisfied through the day and avoid them asking at various hours for food. Children should be encouraged to eat a varied diet. They should eat foods from each of the four main food groups every day. The four main food groups are: • bread, other cereals and potatoes
• fruit and vegetables
• milk and dairy foods, and
• meat, fish and alternatives such as eggs, pulses (peas, beans and lentils) and soya. A varied diet is associated with better health as it is more likely to contain all the nutrients the body needs. It is very important within my setting that we follow the government’s food safety standards when we are giving the children their breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is all in place with all the different dietary needs that each child needs to abide by. All the appropriate nutrients are met which are carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, iron, milk, water and vegetables. We make sure that the children have a well-balanced diet to provide all the required food elements for development, energy and growth for strong bones, teeth, hair, and nails with a sufficient amount of water during the day to make up the rest of our body count. The babies that are in my setting will have baby food brought in for them from their parents which will be providing all the required nutrients to help them grow, the ones that are 8mths up will have food given to them that has been pureed which will include potatoes, vegetables, cheese (if it is ok on their dietary requirements because some children may have allergies. Toddlers and Preschool children will eat all the main sources of food that is relevant for their growth, we provide the menu so that every child will be able to eat the food given to them whether they are from a different ethnic culture making sure that the food does not have anything in it that the child will become ill from our that their parent will be unhappy with what we are giving to them all the information is in place for them to see. Vegetables, fruits, milk and water are given to the children every day to maintain their dietary needs; the menu is changed every day so the children are not repeatedly eating the same food every day during lunch and dinner. Adopting nutrient based standards, and providing the necessary tools and support for those who provide food for under-5s in the UK, sends a clear message that policy makers take the promotion of good nutrition seriously.
Nutrient-based standards are based on the Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the UK and other appropriate guidance which aims to promote good health through good food and drink choices.
Nutrient-based standards encourage transparency among all stakeholders as the...