This resource for beginning teachers of young children provides practical, sensitive, and diverse advice on getting children settled, mealtimes, toileting, and beginning and ending of sessions.

Mealtimes, Using the Toilet and Garden Play

Mealtimes, using the toilet and garden play

Mealtimes, using the toilet and outdoor play are fundamental to the health and happiness of the young child. Food and toileting can be sensitive issues for some children, while going outside needs careful management if children are to gain from all that the garden has to offer.

The chapter is divided into three sections:


Nutrition is hugely important for the young child. Apart from providing healthy lunches and/or snacks, how you manage mealtimes plays an important role in helping children to develop a positive attitude towards food.

Lunchtime Routines

As with any routine in the early years setting, it is important is to establish a clear system so that the children know what to expect. ...

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