Research talks about childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and a time when many habits and behaviours are set. A healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating in childhood will help to ensure a healthy future.

We have noticed there is often a poor selection of healthy food in children’s lunch boxes.

How are we educating the children to choose healthy eating choices?

  • We talk about what foods the children are eating
  • We discuss which foods are best first and why
  • We read books

How can we encourage / educate adults about healthy choices?

  • Create a wall display identifying Healthy Foods / Treat Foods 
  • Make a smaller Healthy Foods / Treat Foods board version for mat time and encourage children to identify healthy food choices
  • Make a "Food Pyramid"
  • Take photos of children with healthy lunch boxes
  • Talk to parents asking for their knowledge / input regarding healthy lifestyle / habits / eating
  • Invite a Health Nutritionist to attend a parent evening (Fussy Eaters Focus)
  • Display posters from Ministry of Health supporting healthy drinking:WATER MILK
  • Have a morning tea and make humus to dip vegetables (carrot, celery)
  • Encourage by example, staff seen eating fruit and vegetable sticks
  • Promote our veggie garden: talk about it with the children, harvest the vegetables and EAT the vegetables.

“Healthy Eating” was a strong focus in the Academy for 2015. (Refer to their review). The Academy did not receive a bronze award. Although there were a variety of outstanding learning experiences, the final documentation did not reach Healthy Heart Foundation. This has now become a centre focus to follow up on this process and to change the centre culture.

Our 2016 Goals
Teaching Outcomes:

  • Teaching and learning about healthy eating habits / healthy lifestyles will be woven throughout the curriculum. This will become a natural part of our practice.

Learning Outcomes for Children:

  • to identify foods and make healthy choices
  • to group foods and discuss the types of food they need to be healthy and strong
  • will be able to describe simple concepts relating to their body's need for food for activity and growing
  • will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of healthy foods through music
  • will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of healthy food concepts through playing matching games as well as enhance their math skills
  • to identify and taste new fruits and vegetables
  • recognize and accept foods from other cultures
  • will be ale to grow and care for some fruits and vegetables
  • identify water as a healthy drink
  • develop fine motor skills in the process of making healthy foods (sandwiches/ baking pizzas and scones) and when preparing and eating fruit or vegetables
  • recognising the colours and shapes of fruits and vegetables in te reo;
  • make healthy choices and understand why it is important.

We will know this because we will hear children discussing healthy and treat foods.
Parents to provide a variety of healthy foods in their child’s lunch boxes.