Portion Sizes for 1-4 year olds

Use our portion size ranges to find out how much is too much.

Find out more >
Tot It Up

Use our toddler food tracker to check that your 1-4 year olds are getting a good balance of foods and activity

Find out more >

Developing Positive Eating Habits: A practical approach to sharing best practice

Thursday 25th November 2010
Royal College of Surgeons, London.

Study Day 2010

Infants and toddlers need a varied, balanced diet to thrive. But healthy eating in the early years isn't only important for growth and development; what and how parents feed young children affects their eating habits – and consequently their health – when they grow older. Current research suggests that improving early nutrition could prevent serious health problems later in life, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

Presented by a multi-disciplinary group of experts with firsthand experience in child nutrition and development, the Infant & Toddler Forum Study Day 'Developing positive eating habits - a practical approach to sharing responsibility' highlighted the importance of consistent, simple and sound advice that can be applied everywhere toddlers are fed, and explored the role we all play in providing children with the opportunity to develop positive eating habits.

Key Presentations

 

Welcome and introduction: Developing positive eating habits

Toddlers eat in a variety of settings. Messages that reach across the board are needed to ensure that healthcare professionals and childcare workers know what a healthy meal looks like.
Gill Harris, Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist at the Children`s Hospital, Birmingham. 

Download Presentation >
Download Podcast >

What are toddlers eating and where?

With people spending their food budgets on eating out, coupled with the high number of toddlers in childcare and nurseries, more is needed to ensure there are core steps on healthy eating and feeding for childcare professionals and parents to adhere to.
Alison Lennox, Head of Population Nutrition Research MRC Human Nutrition, Research.

Download Presentation >
Download Podcast >

Behaviour and feeding: Influencing the development of healthy eating 

What are the key motivators we can all adopt to help toddlers develop good eating habits and have a positive relationship with food?
Gill Harris

Download Presentation >

What should guide feeding choices for toddlers? Introducing 'The Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers'

Compared to five years ago, parents are asking for more nutritional advice about toddlers from healthcare professionals. This talk delivered the context and rationale for the 'Ten Steps' and also gave and overview of the 'Ten Steps' themselves.
Judy More, leading Paediatric Dietitian

Download Presentation >
Download Podcast >

Using the Ten Steps in practice

It will take time to translate education into real changes such as improving food choices, healthier diets and longer lives. We all need to work together to maintain the momentum.
Fay Spence, Early Years Development Manager, Pre-school Learning Alliance

Download Presentation >
Download Podcast >

Ten Steps for Healthy Toddlers – A Case Study

An example of the effective impact of the ITF's Ten Steps in a working nursery.
Michelle Alexander, Nursery Manager, Happy Child Nurseries

Download Presentation >
Download Podcast >