Science is very clear that children form lifelong food preferences and behaviours when they’re young. Eating well helps children develop resilient bodies and healthy attitudes that will strongly influence their eventual health as adults. Including an optimal diet to facilitate learning and development is often neglected in educational settings but at Helen Doron Kindergartens we consider this a vital part of our holistic multi-disciplinary learning environment.
The food we feed our children not only provides the fuel and nourishment for their bodies to grow and develop but also influences the mechanisms which controls mood, concentration and the ability to learn.
Strong, Healthy Bodies
We have designed our dietary plan is to provide protein to support growth, essential fats for healthy cell membranes and nutrient absorption and wholegrain starchy carbohydrates to provide energy, vitamins and minerals for active play. The diet also provides plenty of fruits and vegetables for the vital immune-boosting phytonutrients they provide.
For children to be able to get the most out of the whole day they need foods which supply a steady source of energy. The recipe for lasting energy is regular meals and snacks which contain wholegrain starchy carbohydrates and protein. Protein and the fibre in wholegrains help to slow the release of energy from the food, keep blood sugar levels stable, and provide lasting energy.
To help children maintain the focus and concentration needed for learning and making the new brain connections blood sugar levels need to be stable. Proper hydration is also needed to help maintain concentration so we encourage children to drink water at regular times throughout the day
When blood sugar levels are low children can feel irritable, upset, tired and find it hard to concentrate. The Helen Doron diet provides lasting fuel and energy to help children have fun and enjoy learning throughout the day. The diet also provides the proteins needed to make the neurotransmitters needed for good mood and the essential fats need for brain and nervous system health.
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Read Helen Doron’s blog about how and what you feed your child can impact their ability to learn.