Clean Plate specialises in providing early learning settings with healthy lunch ideas for kids, nutritious menu plans, toddler meal ideas and healthy snack recipes for under-fives.
We are what we eat, and this is no less true for children. It’s in these early years parents and caregivers have the opportunity to lay a good nutritional foundation and establish good eating habits in under-fives.
Childhood obesity is rising
Sadly, as a society we are letting our children down. The NZ Health Survey 2016/17 found that one in eight Kiwi children is obese. Worse, the child obesity rate increased from 8% in 2006 to 12% in 2017.
Together, we can fix this
But it doesn’t have to be this way. One of the most effective places to establish good eating habits is in the controlled environment of early childhood education centres. Unfortunately, a study conducted by Growing Up New Zealand found that while 82% of childcare services had a written nutrition policy, many were not comprehensive or were difficult to action. The study also found common practices may encourage children to eat too much or develop preferences for unhealthy food.