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Food for Kids: A Parents' Guide

Learn what good nutrition for children means and practise healthy eating with your family. This course will provide strategies and support to help you ensure your children are meeting their nutrient needs for optimal growth and development.

This course is archived
Future dates to be announced
Estimated 3 weeks
2–3 hours per week
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule
Free
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About this course

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It can be hard for parents to work out how much and what type of food to feed their children. Which parenting strategies can help kids to enjoy vegetables, healthy snacks and new foods? Join us in Food for Kids: A Parents' Guide as we answer these tricky questions. In this course, we will look at what is actually in food, why we need it, and how we identify healthy choices.

We will cover food-based guidelines to support the development of healthy eating for primary school-aged children. We will also discuss food marketing and health messages, as well as sustainable eating.

The course will also cover common food-related behaviours in children and strategies to assist parents in child feeding. This includes advice for managing picky eaters, meal planning and healthy options for family meals.

This course has a partner course called Food for Kids: Discovering Healthy Eating which is for primary school-aged children.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English

What you'll learn

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  • What is in food and drinks and how they influence growth and development
  • How much and which foods are enough for children to meet nutrition guidelines
  • Nutrient intake targets for children
  • How health messages and food marketing influence children
  • Managing common food behaviours during childhood
  • Practical guidance toward healthy household eating habits.

Week 1 - What is in Food?

  • Food for children’s growth, development and wellbeing
  • Age-specific nutrition guidelines
  • What foods do children need more of, what do they need less of?
  • Do children need extra vitamins?

Week 2 - Positive Food Communication

  • Food marketing and understanding food labels
  • Encouraging a positive family food culture
  • Managing common food behaviours in children.

Week 3 - Practising Healthy Eating at Home

  • Practical food and nutrition guidance to support parents in developing healthy eaters
  • Cooking with kids
  • Sustainable eating and reducing food waste.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Question: Who is this course suitable for?

Answer: This course is suitable for any adult who is interested in nutrition in children. This may include parents, carers, teachers and grandparents.

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