Is your child a fussy eater? Worry no more!
Feb 10, 2016
Children’s appetites vary from day to day. This is normal and can be due to tiredness, illness, teething or distractions. At nursery we try to let children decide how much to eat and keep offering new foods alongside familiar favourites. We also allow them to stop when they are full. It can be tricky to know when a young child has had enough, but we look out for common signals: turning away; getting distracted/losing interest; throwing food; saying ‘no’ or I’m full’. Below are few hints and tips if you have a fussy eater at home.
How we do it at Dizzy Ducks:
- We give plenty of warning to children about their menu for the day so that they know what to expect.
- Meal times never change. They are offered at regular and set times and we carry out the same routine at the tables e.g. handwashing, laying the tables, drinks.
- We plan for between 15 and 30 minutes of physical exercise during our morning and afternoon sessions to ensure we work up an appetite
- Every child has the same. If a child has a dietary requirement, every effort is made to ensure that the meals look similar so no child is made to feel different
- We ensure choices are offered to children, for example apple and/or pear, carrots and peas. This ensures that if children really don’t like one thing they might like the other
- We promote children’s independence by allowing them opportunities to self-serve their own food and drink. We provide tongs, spoons and serving equipment.
- Staff sit with the children and role model to promote good manners.
- Children have a positive relationship with food and mealtimes are always an enjoyable social experience. We encourage discussion at the table especially about healthy eating and where our food comes from.