Jan 26, 2024 • 40 Mins min read
Join us as we explore the intricacies of how little ones develop their gross and fine motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness.
Jan 15, 2024 • 55 mins min read
With several 'low key' but significant and impactful amendments to the EYFS coming into play as of last week (the 4th Jan 2023) it's crucial everyone within the industry is up to date and has a plan of action to swiftly tick the boxes necessary to comply with the changes.
This course holds the key to understanding the profound impact that food has on young minds and bodies, and how you can play a pivotal role in shaping their future through nutrition. Nutrition impacts so many pivotal development factors and important health markers that it's importance cannot be ignored. We're currently living in a period where childhood obesity is significantly on the rise and relationships with food rapidly deteriorating, it is essential the Early Years community recognise this and act now. Through this course Louise will take you on a nutritional journey and explore the profound effect food can have on early childhood, including the development of young children's brains and skeletons, the impact of ultra processed foods and the importance of building positive relationships with food. Food is a vital component of human life and something we must get right to support health physical, emotional and cognitive development!
1. The Important Role Of Nutrition19:26
To kick things off Louise strips nutrition down to the very basics of what it is, how it impacts our bodies and brains, the influential role it plays in every day life, and the importance of building positive relationships with food during the early years.
2. How Nutrition Fuels Biological Growth & Development14:26
Within this lesson you'll learn about the important role nutrition plays in helping to support healthy brain development within early childhood. Food plays such an important role in developing the holistic image of a child, from emotional intelligence, physical development and neurological growth/brain development. Understanding how we can support children's development through nutrition is a vital step in providing an exceptional early years environment.
3. The Role Of The Adult12:35
We have a huge role in establishing healthy patterns and emotional food connections within early childhood. Negative relationships with food can often stem from poor experiences in the early years, which is why it's so important to deliver positive messages around healthy food and to provide children with a strong foundation of knowledge around nutrition.
4. The Bleak Nutritional Landscape14:11
Data and research paints a fairly depressing image of societies future health issues surrounding food and nutrition due to increasing sedentary lifestyles, growing consumption of ultra processed foods and declining health markers. In this lesson Louise explains why the facts and figures are so concerning and explores some of the ways we can start to make a positive impact.
5. Let's Take Action!04:44
With a rapidly declining food landscape Louise provides you with a number of practical steps and ways in which you can start to implement positive change within your setting. The early years is the start of everything and plays a pivotal role in ensuring we raise a generation of healthy individuals, with a foundation of nutritional knowledge. It's the little things that can make the biggest difference!
Hi! I'm Louise Mercieca, Award-winning Nutritional Therapist, Award-winning author, podcaster and generally on a mission to educate with the right information on how food and health are linked. I feel the best way to help to shape the health of the next generation is via education. Education enables empowerment. Food doesn’t just fill us up it shapes our every movement, action and emotion. Understanding all of this (at a basic level) is the key to being as in control as you can be of your own health journey. To make nutrition education accessible and reflective of the real impact which food has on our physical and mental health. To make biology fun and ultimately, to help to shape the health of a generation.
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