This course supports compliance with Food Hygiene legislation as well as the promotion of healthy development & wellbeing of children.

The launch in September 2017 of the Nutrition Standards for School Meals and the January 2017 draft of the Tusla Quality Regulatory Framework both have far reaching implications for the types of food and food preparation methods acceptable for school-age and early years childcare settings.

Children should be educated and supported to embrace the 'Healthy Food for Life' guidelines from a young age in order to grow and develop into healthy adults and to be a healthy weight.

On completion of this training session Early Years Professionals will understand the role of nutrition in the healthy development of children and will have learned practical skills to help promote the holistic wellbeing of the children in their service through partnership with parents and in accordance with the Aistear and Síolta.

Course Content

  1. Food & Nutrition in the Regulations
  2. Principles of Healthy Eating
  3. How nutrition impacts on oral health, physical activity, sleep, and emotional wellbeing
  4. Individual Dietary Requirements
  5. Allergen management
  6. Fussy Eaters
  7. Menu Planning
  8. Social Aspect of Mealtimes
  9. Developing & Communicating a Food Policy
  10. How Food can be used to Support Learning

Course Tutors

Joanne Corcoran - Cannistown Educare
Joanne is a mother of two boys has been operating her own Early Years and After School service since 2013. Joanne qualified as a Montessori teacher in 2009 and worked in ECCE and community childcare till 2013. Previous to this she worked as a project manager with responsibility for health & safety compliance and also in food manufacturing industry. Joanne holds a honours degree in Industrial Design.

Course Duration and Delivery

Inservice Training Public Training This is a 4h course when delivered as Inservice Training or Public Training Event.