Cypop2-6.1 Plan Meals for Young Children That Meet Their Nutritional Needs Based on Current Government Guidance and Information from Carers.

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CYPOP2-6.1 Plan meals for young children that meet their nutritional needs based on current government guidance and information from carers. Studies have documented that schedules and routines influence children’s emotional, cognitive, and social development. Predictable and consistent schedules in preschool classrooms help children feel secure and comfortable. Also, schedules and routines help children understand the expectations of the environment and reduce the frequency of behaviour problems, such as tantrums and acts of aggression. Children thrive on routine and knowing what comes next. It gives them security and makes them more settled. It is easier for them to learn because they have boundaries set and they know that they are…show more content…
The recommendations apply to children who attend all forms of child care including playgroups, nursery units and reception classes, and are based on average Dietary Reference Values for boys and girls. Planning menus ahead will ensure that the best food choices are made and that meals are varied. When choosing meals to include in menus, remember that: • A variety of foods should be served throughout the menu cycle and a minimum cycle of three weeks is suggested. • Choose combinations of colours to make the food attractive. Three or four defined areas of colour look good on a plate. • A combination of different textures increases appeal. Children will appreciate crisp, crunchy, chewy, smooth and soft foods. • Taste should be varied but meals containing too many different or new flavours may not be acceptable to children. • Some finger foods as well as foods which require cutlery allow variation at mealtimes. The National Standards for Childcare represent a baseline of quality which no provider in Englandmay fall below. There are national standards for five types of child care: • full-day care • sessional care • crèches • out-of-school care • childminders. Standard 8: Food and drink specifies that adequate and nutritious food and drink are essential for children’s well-being. The registered person and staff have a good understanding of

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