Centre for Community Child Health

Promoting nutrition—early primary teachers

    • Grow & Thrive nutrition early primary

      Using your understanding of nutrients, food groups and serving sizes as a foundation, try out these tips for making good nutrition possible and fun for children and their families.

      Easy access to real food 

      Does your school provide any breakfast or lunch programs for students? What kinds of foods are available from the tuckshop or canteen?

      Providing real food from the five food groups with suggested serving sizes—and minimising access to and advertising for junk food or ‘sometimes food’—are powerful ways to help shift children’s diets to a healthier balance. 

      The Dietitians Association of Australia has yummy, healthy recipes for inspiration, look out for ways to involve kids in your class in preparing food.

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      The Food Balance game is a fun way for children from the age of four to learn about the five food groups and how to plan a day of healthy meals and snacks.

      Grow 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.

      You could grow seedlings with kids to take home and plant, or give seed packets as gifts or awards instead of lollies or stickers. 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.

      The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation program can help your school to introduce food education; take a look at their free resources.

      Information for families

      You can share our Grow & Thrive information for families with the families of children at your school—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 nutrition information for school-age children.

      The Australian Dietary Guidelines offer helpful brochures about healthy eating for children that you can use and also share with families. You can display the guidelines poster in your school.

      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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