Healthy Eating GuidelineMake sure that food offered to children is appropriate to the child’s age and development and includes a wide variety of nutritious foods.
Healthy food, strong kids
- Good nutrition is needed for healthy growth and development in early childhood.
- Healthy eating in childhood protects kids from sickness.
- Poor nutrition can lead to weight gain or weight loss.
- You can work with parents and families to support healthy eating habits.
Healthy ‘everyday foods’A balanced diet means eating a variety of food from the 5 food groups. It’s good to have some food from each food group every day.
The 5 food groups include:
- plenty of vegetables, beans and lentils
- breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles (mostly wholegrain) and
- other grains like oats and barley
- milk, yoghurt and cheese (mostly reduced fat for kids over 2 years)
- lean meat such as kangaroo, fish, chicken (without skin), eggs,
- beans and nuts (but not whole nuts for kids under 3 years).
Encourage parents to give kids these healthy foods every day
- Kids need lots of vegies and fruit as well as food from all the food groups.
- Most bush tucker is very healthy for kids.
- If a child has special eating needs, talk to the family.
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- Sometimes foods are not in the 5 food groups because they are not needed for good health.
- Sometimes foods are high in fat, sugar and/or salt and don’t have much nutritional value.
- There is no need to give these foods to kids on a regular basis.
- Ask families not to include sometimes foods in lunchboxes.
- chocolate and lollies
- biscuits and chips
- pastries, pies, sausage rolls
- fried foods like chicken and hot chips
- takeaway food
- cakes and ice cream
- soft drinks, fruit juice, fruit drinks, cordial, sports drinks,
- energy drinks, flavoured milk and flavoured waters.