Breakfast is an important meal for a number of reasons:
- Without the nutritional contribution of breakfast, it is very difficult to consume enough nutrients during the day.
- Missing breakfast leads to hunger later, and often result in eating less nutritious snack foods that are available at the time.
- Eating breakfast is an important part of establishing a healthy routine for young children, which sets the framework for later life.
- It is more likely that children who do not eat breakfast will be overweight or obese, usually due to a combination of reasons.
Other healthy breakfast options include:
- porridge and fruit
- yoghurt and fruit, or a fruit smoothie
- cheese on toast and slices of fruit
- pikelets topped with ricotta cheese and fruit
Children will find it harder to manage their own behaviour and enjoy their day if they start off hungry.
For many different reasons, children may occasionally arrive without having eaten breakfast. If this occurs regularly, discuss the reasons and some possible solutions with a parent. Often parents who do not themselves have breakfast may not see it as being imortant for their child. Alternatively, the child may be very slow getting ready in the morning, leaving no time for breakfast.
If a number of children arrive regularly without breakfast, and if it seems that the problem is the food supply at home, consider offering breakfast at the setting. If you do not offer breakfast, have something available to give to children who arrive without breakfast..