In the recent years ‘safeguarding’ measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of all children has become an increasing focus in the early years. Supporting Children’s Health and Wellbeing helps early years students and practitioners working with children and young people gain an understanding of the key issues relating to children’s health in particular, examining the possible ways in which health can impact upon young children’s early childhood education and care. Packed full of practical advice for the everyday realities of the early years classroom, topics discussed include: • Historical perspectives and contemporary issues related to child health • Current policy and legislation • How to support the child and the family • Nutrition in childhood • Infectious diseases, infestations and the acutely ill child • Children with chronic and complex medical conditions • Coping with the death of a child A timely, topical text that will be invaluable to early years professionals.

Nutrition in Childhood

Nutrition in Childhood

Chapter Aims and Objectives

  • To identify contemporary issues in children’s nutrition
  • To give an overview of infant nutrition options
  • To explore implications for inclusive practice in relation to children’s nutrition

Contemporary nutrition for children

We now live in a country where there is a vast range of food available, although it must be remembered that an availability of food does not mean that all children are nourished adequately. Because of poverty or neglect, some children are regularly hungry. With the increased availability of food, there is also increased choice, which can make it difficult to make the right choices. There are many factors that influence parental decisions about their children’s diet. The socio-economic and socio-cultural factors that can influence children’s diet include parental income, ...

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