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Nutrition in the early years and Curriculum for Excellence

Curriculum for Excellence supports food and health for the early years within its Experience and Outcomes section. This includes key outcomes for nutrition awareness and knowledge among young children:

  • Learners develop their understanding of a healthy diet, which is one composed of a variety and balance of foods and drinks
  • They acquire knowledge and skills to make healthy food choices and help to establish lifelong healthy eating habits
  • They develop an appreciation that eating can be an enjoyable activity and understand the role of food within social and cultural contexts
  • They explore how the dietary needs of individuals and groups vary through life stages, for example during pregnancy and puberty, and the role of breastfeeding during infancy
  • Learners develop knowledge and understanding of safe and hygienic practices and their importance to health and wellbeing, applying these in practical activities and everyday routines including good oral health
  • They develop awareness that food practices and choices depend on many factors including availability, sustainability, season, cost, religious beliefs, culture, peer pressure, advertising and the media

For more information on Curriculum for Excellence and the food and health experiences and outcomes,visit Education Scotland or download the Curriculum for Excellence health and wellbeing experiences and outcomes.

You may also be interested in Food for thought: exploring food and drink through curriculum for excellence and Setting the table - Nutritional guidance and food standards for early years childcare providers in Scotland.