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5 great nutritional tips to support your child’s learning at play school

5 great nutritional tips to support your child’s learning at play school

Good nutrition plays an important role in your child’s healthy brain development in so many ways, from supporting their physical growth and keeping their brains and muscles healthy to giving them the right energy level to support concentration and learning. Here are 5 tips to help keep your play school child healthy, happy and learning:

  1. Start with good breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s important to have a healthy meal in the morning before school. The best breakfast foods will give your child a sustained level of energy through the morning, helping them to concentrate and learn. Try wholegrain cereals, wholegrain toast with eggs or yogurt with berries.
  2. Give kids some options: Although you decide which foods to buy, letting your child choose between a few different options helps them feel involved in the process. Let them choose their snack for the day at preschool or between a couple of different lunch options. Not only does this give your child a sense of control over their food, it also helps them feel more excited about mealtimes and interested in eating.
  3. Talk about food: Different foods have different nutrients, helping them do different jobs in your body. Talking about these jobs while preparing their food helps keep your child learning and interested in food as well as teaching good eating habits. Talk about why carrots are good for your eyesight, how sugar rots teeth and how meat helps make your muscles strong.
  4. Be a good role model: You are your child’s first and most important role model, so sticking to healthy eating habits will help encourage them to be healthy too. Try to choose nutritious snacks, avoid skipping meals and eat the same healthy food as your child to set a strong example.
  5. Don’t forget about drinks: Healthy habits are as much about what you drink as what you eat. Soft drinks, cordials and even fruit juice are very high in sugar and should be substituted with plain water as often as possible. For variety, you can also include watered down homemade fruit and vegetable juices for the occasional treat. One glass of milk a day will also help give your child the calcium they need to grow strong bones.

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