This unit is part of the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator and has six learning outcomes:
This unit provides the learner with the knowledge, understanding and skills to support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition.
The unit focuses on the importance of good nutrition in supporting the growth and development of children and explores the principles of healthy eating. It also covers the practical aspects of providing nutritious food for children, including menu planning, food preparation and cooking.
- Understand the impact of food and nutrition on children’s health and development.
- Understand how food choices impact on health and development during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Understand the nutritional needs of children
- Explain the nutritional value of the main food groups.
- Use current government guidance to identify the nutritional needs of babies until they are fully weaned.
- Explain how to plan a weaning programme.
- Discuss the nutritional requirements of children aged: 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 3-5 years, 5-7 years.
- Explain strategies to encourage healthy eating.
- Understand the impact of poor diet on children’s health and development.
- Understand individuals’ dietary requirements and preferences.
- Identify reasons for: special dietary requirements, keeping and sharing, coherent records with regard to special dietary requirements.
- Explain the role of the Early Years practitioner in meeting children’s individual dietary requirements and preferences
- Describe benefits of working in partnership with parents/carers in relation to special dietary requirements.
- Be able to support healthy eating in own setting.