Aims and objectives:
• To provide Early Years cooks with a basic understanding of the origins of feeding problems in children and the potential nutritional/health consequences of these problems.
• Provide practical tips and guidance on how cooks can work with other childcare staff to help overcome fussy eating.
This training course combines theory and practical cookery. It provides cooks with the skills to produce healthy, nutritious foods that young children will eat.
Studies suggest that up to 75% of children experience feeding difficulties which may include:
poor mealtime routine
Preference for drinks rather than food
Children are not born with feeding problems they develop them for a variety of reasons. Food served in the child care setting can be key in helping children grow out of early feeding issues. The cook's role in helping children overcome feeding issues cannot be over stated.
• Training will combine theoretical nutrition in the early years with practical cooking and eating master classes.
• All ingredients for practical elements of the training will be provided by Grub4life.
Theory training includes:
• Understanding and overcoming common feeding problems - Tastes and texture exposure, neophobic response, food matching, verbal labels for food, visual similarities.
Practical cooking and eating session:
• A selection of Grub4life recipes and food related activities incorporating tips and guidance to overcome the problems included in the theory session. Recipes will also demonstrate use of different protein sources and varied fruits and vegetables.
This is a basic outline of the training module but of course sessions can be tailored to an individual child care setting needs.
Certificate awarded upon successful completion of course.
For further information and to discuss your requirements contact Nigel Denby RD at