Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.1: Support healthy lifestyles for children through the provision of food and nutrition
Learning outcome: Understand the nutritional needs of children
Assessment criteria: Explain the nutritional value of the main food groups.
There are five main food groups: starchy carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, dairy, protein and oils and spreads. Each food group contains different nutrients that are essential for our bodies.
Starchy carbohydrates: Starchy carbohydrates include potatoes, bread, rice and pasta. They are a good energy source and contain vitamins and minerals such as iron and B vitamins.
Fruit and vegetables: Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and folic acid. They also contain fibre, which is essential for keeping our digestive system healthy.
Dairy: Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt are a good source of calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. They also contain protein and vitamins A and B12.
Protein: Protein-rich foods include meat, fish, beans and lentils. They are a good source of energy and contain vitamins and minerals such as iron and B vitamins.
Oils and spreads: Oils and spreads provide essential fatty acids, which our bodies need to stay healthy. They also contain vitamin E.
The Eatwell Guide shows how much of our food should come from each food group. It is important to eat a variety of foods from each food group to get the nutrients our bodies need.