Call for nursery meals to promote healthy lifestyles

Call for nursery meals to promote healthy lifestyles

Children under five should be given nationally agreed meal menus when in regulated childcare to ensure they receive sufficient nutrition, according to a government-backed report.

Getting children to help lay tables, use knives and forks and behave sociably could also help cut the number of “fussy eaters” in later life, the Advisory Panel of Food and Nutrition in Early Years recommends.

The panel, established by the former Labour government, suggests a central bank of menu examples should be established to provide more detailed voluntary guidance on healthy, balanced food for babies and toddlers from the age of one until they go to school. Its report includes examples of menu plans, types of food to use and portion sizes.

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