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Food and Health in Early Childhood

Food and Health in Early Childhood
A Holistic Approach

March 2008 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'I believe that [this book] could be of value to practitioners working with birth-five year olds, heads or managers of nurseries, health professionals or students who wish to gain an overview of this subject….I enjoyed reading this book and it literally gave me much food for thought' - Early Years

'This book is a welcome addition and the contributors should be congratulated on the scope and depth they manage to achieve...this book is an interesting read, dealing with a topical, yet complex issue' - Journal of Early Childhood Research

'Food plays a huge part in our lives, and this book looks holistically at its influence, including our emotional as well as physical wellbeing. It provides useful facts on diet and healthy eating guidelines for children under five, school age children, adults and pregnant mothers...There is advice on promoting positive attitudes towards food in an early years setting, along with practical advice and case studies to help practitioners promote heatlhy eating in their settings' - Early Years Update

'This highly readable, thoroughly researched book explores food and eating in an historical, cultural and psychological context and, as public concern about children's nutrition rises, its publication is timely. Food and Health in Early Childhood is a comprehensive, clearly written text enriched with case studies and pertinent reflective activities to consolidate learning' - Angela Underdown, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Studies, University of Warwick

The media interest surrounding children, food and nutrition continues to influence policy and practice in early years settings, and food and eating is of fundamental importance to early childhood practice. Not only does food contribute to health, in terms of nutrition it's also a vital part of a child's emotional and socio-cultural experience that is linked to their growing sense of well-being and identity.

This book gives you a comprehensive overview of food and eating in the early years, covering the following:

- nutrition

- policy development

- health inequalities

- food, culture and identity

- food and emotion

- healthy eating guidelines

- promoting healthy eating in the early years

- multi-disciplinary working in relation to young children's nutrition

Each chapter includes case studies, links to useful websites, activities and suggestions for further reading. An interactive approach from the reader is encouraged throughout the book.

Aimed at all early years practitioners, it will be of particular interest to those studying for Early Childhood Studies' degrees and those studying for EYPS. Other professionals and students with an interest in this area (teachers, health visitors, dieticians) will also find it useful.

Food and eating: History and policy
Food and eating: Ethics and values
Food and eating: Nutrition, health and development
Food and eating: The emotional dimension
Food, eating and culture
Food and eating in the early years: Case studies
Food and eating: Implications for practice

It is a very interesting and useful book for the teaching of the course and students can make available current and quality information.

Professor Sandra Sumalla
Food and Health Department, Universidad Europea del Atlántico
April 16, 2015

ok doesnt really cover everything needed for cache level 3 course.

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Childcare, The Maltings College
March 24, 2015

not suited to course

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Childcare, The Maltings College
March 24, 2015

Thorough and up to date text, valuable reading for modules examining health and health promotion in the Early Years.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Faculty of Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
January 19, 2015

good and very informative, clear and easy to read. index and context clear and precise. useful reference and information tool.

Miss Deborah Young
Work Ready People, hit
January 6, 2015

A superb text for Childhood Studies students specialising in child health; authoritative yet extremely readable.

Mr Steven Burton
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Metropolitan University
August 6, 2014

This book supplemented course material for Child Health and Well Being module. It is of benefit to lecturers for training those who will work in Early years settings.

Miss Kate Mc Auliffe
Childcare, Cork College of Commerce
May 28, 2014

very useful text to support session plans that include diet and nutrition for children. Supports other literature that specifies the importance of balanced diet in early years.

Miss Lisa Holland
Education , Tameside College
May 17, 2014

The use of case studies and activities makes this a useful teaching tool, a great support for those with a interest in introducing positive goals to support childhood health

Mrs Cheryl Jackson
Adult Skills, North Lindsey College
October 20, 2013

An excellent book which is relevant to the changing society we live in and the issues around healthy eating. Definitely recommend this book.

Mrs Pamela Canning
early , North West Institute
August 27, 2013

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