At Little Angels nursery we serve meals throughout the day which are inclusive of our fees. Our role as childcare providers is more than to simply feed your children – we aim to promote healthy eating habits and positive relationships with food. We also encourage our children to learn about the basics of nutrition.
As many parents know it is common for children to start out as fussy eaters. As childcare providers we recognise the importance of helping fussy eaters to grow out of this stage, otherwise, it may develop into a long term pattern. We do not, however, pressurise children to eat more food or foods they may not like as this can also have long-lasting negative effects.
So, what do we do if fussy eaters are refusing to eat or rejecting certain food items at nursery?
- Observation – we observe the children’s eating habits, noting if they’ve skipped a snack or eaten less at dinner. This allows us to spot any signs or patterns surrounding the child’s refusal to eat.
- Make mealtimes fun – by ensuring mealtimes are a relaxed and fun environment for our children, it can be something even the fussiest of eaters can look forward to.
- Learning opportunities – we teach our children about the food they are given during meal times so that they come away more knowledgeable and feel like they have more control over what they eat.
- Controlled portion sizes – we give the children carefully measured out portions of nutritious food because an overfilled plate of food will only deter a fussy eater.
- Food-related fun activities – we make food enjoyable by introducing the children to a range of fun activities, such as involving the children in food preparation and growing their own fruit and vegetables.
By following these five simple rules, Little Angels nursery will bring out the adventurous eater in your child. We have found that teaching our children about food in an interactive way makes our fussy eaters more inquisitive about food and accepting of ingredients they may not like. Therefore, when it comes to mealtimes, the children begin to chat about the food they are eating and start to really enjoy it.