Healthy Eating

Food is closely linked to nutrition, health and learning. As a childcare provider, you play an important role in how children learn about and interact with food. Help children develop healthy food habits.

Offer healthy food options

You can help children get the nourishment and energy they need to learn and grow, by serving a variety of nutritious meals and snacks. Check out Paint Your Plate for ideas.

Instill a healthy relationship with food

Children learn positive and negative behaviours towards food from their caregivers. To help children build a healthy relationship with food, we encourage you to:

  • Avoid talking about weight loss diets and avoid associating food choices with being good or bad
  • Talk about the characteristics of food (colour, texture, temperature, taste and where it comes from) rather than nutrients
  • Role model by providing nutritious and enjoyable foods and eating with children
  • Trust each child to decide which foods to eat, how much and whether or not to eat at all

Remember it is normal for a child's eating to vary from day to day. Try to avoid commenting to the children on how much or how little they ate