Centre for Community Child Health

Promoting nutrition—early childhood educators

  • Grow & Thrive nutrition ECEC

    Use your knowledge of nutrients, food groups and serving sizes as a foundation and try out these tips to make good nutrition achievable and fun for children and their families.

    Early nutrition

    For around the first six months of life, breast milk (or formula when breastfeeding isn’t possible) supplies all the nutrition and fluid that babies need.

    At around six months children will start to eat solid foods. From around this age check in regularly with families to stay on top of what new foods their children are trying.

    By 12 months children should be eating a wide variety of nutritious foods.

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    Growing food

    Growing food, preparing it, and sharing it creates joy and an appreciation of where food comes from and can make a big difference to children’s lifelong healthy eating habits.

    Try growing seedlings with older kids to take home and plant, encourage families to think about growing their own small veggie patch with their kids or joining a community garden, and let them know about any farmers’ markets coming up in your area.


    Making healthy food

    The Dietitians Association of Australia has yummy, healthy recipes for inspiration. Also look out for ways to involve kids in preparing food—the Raising Children Network has fun tips to help you get started!

    The Food Balance game is a fun way for older children at your setting to learn about the five food groups and how to plan a day of healthy meals and snacks.


    Information for families

    Share our information for families with families at your service—these are packed with information and tips about nutrition.


    Where to find help

    There are lots of other resources that you can use and share with families including Raising Children Network’s nutrition information for newborns, babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

    The Australian Dietary Guidelines has helpful brochures about healthy eating for babies and children and a great poster to display at your setting.

    For personal assistance with feeding children and planning a healthy diet families should consult their family doctor or an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

    Eating a balanced diet can pose different challenges to children with allergies; be sure to read our next edition of Grow & Thrive on allergies!

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