Unit 1:Outline the food and drink requirements in relation to current frameworks.
Children should be offered healthy food and drinks within the setting, the early year’s practitioner must talk with the parents or carers before a child starts at their setting to find out if they have any food or drink requirements that need to be made aware of. The practitioner may also ask that the parent can provide certain food or drinks that they are unable to cater for, e.g. major nut allergy.
It’s important that we understand portion size of food and drink and give appropriate amounts to certain ages, as younger children are going to required smaller portions of food. We must also remember children a varied appetites and they should still be encouraged to eat healthy meals.
Within the 4 main food groups children should be offered 4 portions of starchy foods a day, 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, 2 portions of protein and 3 portions or dairy a day. So early years practitioners need to work these groups into healthy balanced and wholesome meals for the children also serve water as the main drink along with milk or diluted fruit juices to be served with meals and snacks.
There needs to be station/table set up within the setting were fresh water is reachable and children can get a drink for themselves.