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Toddlers and pre-school children are growing rapidly and are active so their energy requirements are high relative to their body size.
- An adequate intake of protein, calcium, iron and vitamins A and D is important during this time.
- While pre-school children can start to adopt some of the principles of the eatwell plate, a diet which is low in fat and high in fibre may not supply enough energy for a young child.
- An eating pattern based on small meals and snacks selected from the four main food groups should be encouraged.
- A healthy family approach to diet and lifestyle should be encouraged, as food preferences are often established during this early stage of life.