Understand the principles of a balanced diet for children.
Describe current government nutritional guidelines for a balanced diet for children.
Define the main food groups.
Identify sources of essential nutrients.
Explain the importance of a balanced diet.
Evaluate the impact of poor diet on health and wellbeing.
Explain how dietary requirements change across the span of the early years.
Be able to plan and promote a balanced diet for children.
Evaluate the factors that may affect nutritional intake.
Explain how a healthy diet can be promoted for children.
Plan a balanced diet for a child that meets their individual dietary requirements.
Encourage children to eat a healthy balanced diet.
Evaluate own and others contribution to the balanced diet of a child.
Understand the principles of hydration for babies and children.
Explain the importance of hydration.
Describe the signs of dehydration in babies and children.
Explain the impact of dehydration on health and wellbeing.
Be able to promote hydration in babies and/or children.
Evaluate the factors that may affect hydration.
Explain how hydration can be promoted for babies and children.
Demonstrate different approaches to promote hydration for babies or children.
Evaluate the effectiveness of different ways of promoting hydration for babies and/or children.
Understand how to contribute to the prevention of malnutrition in babies and children.
Describe the signs of malnutrition.
Explain the risk factors that may lead to malnutrition.
Explain ways of increasing nutritional density of foods and drinks.
Understand the principles of infant feeding.
Compare the benefits of breast feeding and infant formula feeding.
Explain current UN and national guidance on breast feeding.
Describe current national guidance on the introduction of solid foods.
Discuss suitable choices of foods and drinks for weaning.
Understand the importance of special dietary requirements for babies and children.
Explain circumstances where babies or children have special dietary requirements.
Describe special diets.
Analyse the potential risks of not following a special diet.
Be able to contribute to the monitoring of nutrition and hydration for babies or children.
Describe own responsibilities in relation to monitoring nutrition and hydration.
Explain the responsibilities of others in relation to monitoring the nutrition and hydration of babies or children.
Complete records for the monitoring of nutrition and hydration in line with agreed ways of working.
Explain actions to take when there are concerns about the nutrition and hydration of babies or children.