Child care services provide a significant portion of children’s daily food intake, which is why they must provide varied and nutritious diet to babies and young children under their care.
They must equally have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities in ensuring that children get, not only healthy and variety of meals, but also adequate food and drinks suitable for their age and stage of development.
The Nutrition standard is one of the 10 National Standards for childminding services, and it is a health related topic that was covered at the 5th session of the 12th cohort of the Pre-Registration, Sensitization and Training programme, last Saturday (30th September, 2023)
The session was conducted in partnership with the Health Care Agency, as part of IECD’s continuous effort to educate prospective Childminders and Assistants on National Standards for Home-Based Child Care Services.
According to the facilitator, Mrs. Stephanie Desnousse, who is the Principal Nutritionist from Nutrition Unit of the Health Care Agency, the group of over 30 participants already have good knowledge on how to prepare food and drinks for children and this was displayed during the practical exercises which was conducted in groups.
While this programme is aimed for people who wish to join the Early Childhood Care and Education sector, there are also registered child care Managers who are following the sessions as they wish to obtain a refresher on the national standards.
Preset for the 12th cohort was launched on 2nd September 2023.