When your child starts school
As your child enters school he or she will be growing quickly and becoming more active. Children have a higher energy requirement for their body size compared to adults and need foods that provide sufficient energy but are also rich in nutrients. Childhood is an important time for growth and development and children need a good supply of protein, and other nutrients including calcium, iron and vitamins A and D.
Children begin to take responsibility for their own food choices around this time. It is therefore important for you try to encourage them to eat a healthy, varied diet which is rich in fruit, vegetables and starchy foods. Try to encourage your child to eat a wide variety of foods to help ensure they obtain all the necessary nutrients they need to stay healthy.
- © British Nutrition Foundation 2012