Databank. Children's eating

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 February 1999



(1999), "Databank. Children's eating", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 99 No. 1.



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Databank. Children's eating


Children's eating

With an increasing number of young children being cared for outside the family home, a new report from the Caroline Walker Trust focuses on the role played by childminders, nurseries and other child care settings in the development of healthy eating and physical activity among the under fives. The report explains that the period up to five years is crucial for the development of eating habits and preferences which establish a pattern for life. Existing research from the Department of Health shows that the diets of children under five in the UK today are often too low in vitamins A and C, too low in iron and zinc, and for some children too low in vitamin D. They also contain too much of the type of sugars which contribute to tooth decay.

Compiled by an Expert Working Group, Eating Well for Under -5s in Child Care aims to provide a set of practical guidelines which will enable private day nursery cooks, local authority caterers, childminders and others responsible for infants and under-5s to develop suitable and varied menus which achieve a good nutritional balance. Copies of Eating Well for Under-5s in Child Care, are available from PO Box 5, Manchester M60 3GE, tel. 0870 608 0213, price £12.95 including postage and packing.

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