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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

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

Good book for students considering their optional units for both level 2 and level 3. Particularly at level 3 when learners are working with 0-3 years old.

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
June 7, 2013

a detailed book which clearly explains food and health in early childhood.

Mrs Diane Davies
Health , Merthyr Tydfil College
May 1, 2013

Excellent book for students studying the health & Nutrition module in early education at undergraduate level

Dr Judith Butler
Social & General Studies Department, Cork Institute of Technology
March 5, 2013

Although a good resource for basic principles regarding Food and health in Early Childhood, the link with health professionals regarding in particular multidisciplinary working is disappointing in not promoting the role of the specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN) Health Visitors and School Nurses who play a vital role in promoting health and wellbeing and nutrition in early childhood. For child branch nursing students this emphasis and link is essential regarding promoting child and family public health and therefore another text was chosen.

Ms Sarah Gethin Davies
Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, Glamorgan University
October 11, 2012

Albon has truly adopted a holistic approach to exploring this issue so relevant to a range of academics and professionals alike.

Miss Jessica Clark
Early Childhood Studies, University Campus Suffolk
March 9, 2011

a valuable textbook, which highlights areas of interest for students undertaking early years related programmes

Mrs Julia Druce
Educational Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
October 12, 2010

Great discussion points and case studies.
Easy to read

Mrs Wendy Fish
Department of Law, Justice and Community Studies, University Centre at Blackburn College
October 19, 2009

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