In this section we hope to provide you with a range of resources that support and promote good nutrition.
New training for Birth to Three and Preschool on nutrition coming soon.
Early childhood and after school services can provide a natural supportive environment for promoting healthy eating behaviours. All staff members have an important health promoting role to play. Promoting healthy eating behaviours requires a whole team approach.
The Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Pre-School services (2004) state:
Healthy eating helps:
• promote optimal growth and development
• prevent early health problems such as;
• play a role in preventing long-term chronic health problems such as;
• lay a good foundation for good health throughout life
START is a public health campaign from safefood, the Departments of Health in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Healthy Ireland, the Health Service Executive and the Public Health Agency.
Incredible Edibles is now a well established healthy eating and horticultural growing programme for Irish primary pupils. The aim of the project is getting schools growing and encouraging healthy eating within schools and at home.
Participating schools are sent FREE grow packs that contain everything they need to start their own school garden, including seeds to grow strawberries, potatoes, lettuce, spinach, chives, carrots and turnips, as well as wildflowers and other materials!