5.1 Identify balanced meals, snacks and drinks for children in their Early Years, following current government guidance on nutritional 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 everyday to maintain their dietary needs, the menu is changed every day so the children are not repeatedly eating the same food everyday during lunch and dinner except in the morning they are given toast, milk or water depending on what drink they would like.
The parents are the first contact for feeding their children so we keep constant contact with them daily on the amount of food their children have eaten everyday and find out if there is anything that they do not eat at home or if they dislike some vegetables.
Most of the children at my setting seem to enjoy the food that is given to them on a daily basis so we do not have much need to express to the parents that their child is not eating the right amount of food.
All the criteria is met when it comes to healthy eating, where the food is following the five a day regime to keep the children, healthy and strong whilst helping them to grow and develop appropriately within their age range.
5.2 Recognize why it is important to follow careers instructions in respect of their child’s food allergies or intolerances
Within our setting we follow all the instructions that the parents or careers have given us regarding their child’s dietary needs, this is very important as some of the children may have allergies to certain types of food, vegetables or fruit.
We have all the information recorded from all the parents which was given to us when the child first started the setting and we make sure that none of the children who may have these conditions do not have anything given to them that will be damaging to their health.
With some of the children who are from different ethnic cultures we make sure that they do not eat certain types of meat (if it is being served) a substitute will be given to them which will be right for their cultural belief and appropriate to follow healthy eating.
The key person will speak to the parent everyday and inform them on the amount of food that their child as eaten and if they have been given something that is not specified on the menu whether they are allergic to it to or due to their cultural belief.
5.3 Identify the dietary...