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Alliance launches nutrition course with Early Years Nutrition Partnership

By Rachel Lawler
 
child healthy eating
The Alliance has launched a new online training course on early years nutrition in partnership with the Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYNP).
 
Providing a healthy food environment in early years settings is now available free to Alliance members through the Alliance’s partnership with CPD-approved training provider EduCare.
 
Healthy eating
The course includes three modules: Nutrition fundamentals for children aged one to four; healthy portion sizes; and healthy packed lunches.
 
Designed to give practitioners a fuller understanding of why nutrition is so important in the early years, the course looks at oral health, typical eating habits and the role of main food groups.
 
Fundamentals of nutrition
Annie Denny, nutrition development manager at the EYNP, said: “We’re delighted to have been involved in developing this exciting new EduCare course, providing practitioners the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of early years nutrition.
 
“Getting healthy eating right at this early stage is crucial, and with children spending more and more time in early years settings, it’s important that they are learning good habits, and being exposed to a variety of different foods. This course is a great introduction to the other services we can offer settings through the Early Years Nutrition Partnership.”
 
A healthy start

Michael Freeston, director of quality improvement at the Alliance, added: “With more than one in five children overweight or obese by the time they start primary school, early years practitioners play a vital role in helping children and families establish positive eating habits from the very start.”
 
Non-members can also pay to complete the course through EduCare.
 
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