Nursery in Dubai Marina
Balanced meals, snacks, and drinks for children in their Early Years. What to prepare for your child at pre-school/Nursery.
There are certain foods which should be in a child's every day diet:
1. Carbohydrates; bread, cereals, potatoes - these foods provide energy for the child. They contain vitamins and minerals.
2. Fruit and vegetables - are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, this helps maintain the child's good health and wellbeing. Fruit and vegetables are low in fat. When a child does not want to eat vegetables, fruit juice or raw veg is another major source of vitamins. Eating them raw helps store the vitamins.
3. Milk and dairy foods - these foods not only store energy but also help insulate the body against the cold. Full fat dairy is a reliable source of vitamin A. children needs about 500ml of milk each day.
4. Meat fish and alternatives - protein and iron are key to a child's diet to help them grow. Good absorption of iron in any food or drink with Vitamin C.
5. Fatty and sugary food -These provide children with vitamins A, E and D.
Helpful hints for your child's Daycare snack/lunch box:
- Sugary foods should not be given as a snack at nursery.
- Children should eat some foods from each of the 5 food groups
- The UK health department recommend that children under the age of 5 should be given vitamin drops containing vitamin A,C and D.
- Salt should be avoided as much as possible, a child's kidney cannot cope with high amounts of sugar.
- A fruit of vegetables that are high in Vitamin C should be included in every child's diet EVERYDAY. Tomatoes, citrus fruits (oranges/grapefruit/kiwi and sweet peppers)
Allergies & Intolerances for Kindergarten children
To support these allergies and intolerances it is best to avoid the foods which the child is allergic too, it is important to learn how to read food labels so you know what exactly is inside them, reducing the risk of a child eating something they should not be eating.
Common food allergies:
- WALNUTS,PEACANS, ALMONDS
What is an 'Intolerance'?
- The Immune system is not activated
- Food poisoning which is caused by toxic substances which cause symptoms for anyone who eats it.
- Intolerances do not include psychological reactions to food, it is more common than a food allergy.
Children who do not eat well and have a poor/ unbalanced diet will develop at least one of the following conditions:
- The child's failure to thrive in physical growth and development
- Dental caries/ tooth decay from high consumption of fizzy drinks/sugary snacks
- Obesity - when children are growing it is difficult to interpret their 'normal' weight but it can be estimated by their age, height and gender a special 'height and weight calculator' can be used. Adults are sometimes unaware that their child is overweight, it is important that if the child is at risk we speak to them and look for professional help.
- Nutritional anemia from lack of iron, folic acid, and Vitamin B12
- Increased susceptibility to infections- especially infections such as colds and bronchitis.
What can you do to help?
- Be a good role model, encourage children to eat healthy, this includes are preschool/nursery.
- Show children how to wash their hands correctly with soap and water, encourage them to teach others - your childs daycare must implement this as a standard from the EYFS (self-care).
- Be aware of how much food a child must consume over one day. (to reduce weight gain)
- Do not pressure children to eat, your child's teacher at their Early Learning Centre should also not be willing to do this. This will cause phobias and will only cause more problems, getting a child to help prepare the food can encourage them to eat it. Also presenting it differently can help, speak to your child's teacher about meal times at nursery.
- If the child's weight becomes an issue, talk to your doctor and express your concern.
- Washing your hands while singing a short rhyme will ensure children wash their hands for at least 15 seconds.
Need additional Information?
Speak to your friends and find out what they are doing to help improve their child's relationship with food.
Google local nutritionists, there are many all over Dubai from Dubai Marina to But Dubai - talk to your friends for recommendations.
Research online/in books for meal time ideas to make eating 'fun' for your little one
Talk to your child's nursery teacher/nurse at the setting - they will be able to give you some ideas and show you what other children bring to daycare.