Get Up & Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood - Staff and Carer Book

Religious and cultural practices

Page last updated: 25 May 2011

Consider and respect family values and customs, including those related to food and eating. Some families and settings will follow religious and cultural beliefs that guide eating practices, for example Kosher or Halal. The nutrition guidelines described previously are still suitable for use in these settings.

When a child has particular needs related to eating, for whatever reason, discuss with the family the best way to offer food for the child. This may involve the family providing food from home, or agreeing on specific foods that can be included or avoided.

If needed, use interpreters to help you communicate with families and ensure that necessary information has been shared.