There’s bound to be picky eaters in every pre-school, so trust the educators to also double up as comforting caretakers come mealtime.
Kinderland shares a couple of their top tips to help kids eat healthy. “Not only do we motivate them to make healthy food choices, we also make an effort to create pleasurable mealtimes that allow children to learn good eating habits,” says Kua Jo Ann, Kinderland’s Food, Nutrition and Hygiene specialist.
“We educate preschoolers and parents to eat a balanced and healthy diet using the Health Development Board’s ‘My Healthy Plate’ (pictured) as a guide,” says Jo Ann.
NEXT: Make it colourful →
Designed with variety, balance and moderation in mind, Kinderland’s lunch menus comprise colourful fruits and vegetables, wholesome grains as well as meat and dairy products.
In addition to using fresh ingredients and limiting salt and sugar, Kinderland’s team only uses healthy cooking methods such as boiling, steaming and light stir-frying or sauteing with unsaturated cooking oils.
NEXT: Start young →
According to Jo Ann, proper nutrition for infants is essential for the development of teeth and chewing skills.
“We are selective in food choices given to infants at different stages. We monitor their suitability of the food served to infants and make adjustments accordingly,” explains Jo Ann. “Different nutritious foods are introduced at each stage that benefit an infant’s growth and lets them learn about different types of food.”
NEXT: And start slow →
Children are exposed to one type of new food at a time. Portions start off small and children are encouraged to try new dishes.
Teachers also have the same meals together with the children. This allows teachers to set a good example, encourage children on food acceptance and help them develop good eating habits.
NEXT: What’s more →
Some children may be allergic to food items such as nuts, eggs, dairy or seafood.
Kinderland’s food recipes and ingredient information are made available to parents. They have ample time to review these and notify the school of their child’s food allergies, if any, so it can serve the right food and reduce risks by increasing its surveillance of food-sharing among children. This mutual cooperation is fundamental in reducing potential allergy risks.
NEXT: Use visual stimuli →
Kinderland’s curriculum integrates the best education approaches and methodologies from the West and the values of morality and interpersonal relationships of the East. Its success over the past four decades has led to an extensive regional preschool network of over 60 centres across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, China and Cambodia, which nurture more than 20,000 children annually. Find out more here.
From The Finder (Issue 281), April 2017
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