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How Can a Poor Diet Affect My Child's Education?
What children eat and drink during their early years is crucial because it can affect their future health and learning progress. It is also important to encourage children to eat healthy and nutritious foods in order to develop good eating habits when they are older.
Here are some great tips from St Hilda’s School on how to support your child’s development by including healthy eating into your daily routine.
There is a lot of truth in the saying ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, especially when it comes to your child’s learning. Try to start your day with a healthy family breakfast, including foods that are rich in fibre and protein. This will help to boost your child’s attention span, ready for a full day at school. Breakfast can also benefit your mood and memory, so don’t let your little ones leave home without it
Have you noticed a change in your child’s behaviour or mood when they are hungry? Do they become irritable or find it hard to concentrate? It is important that your child eats little and often, throughout the day in order to maintain their energy and concentration levels. It is also important to educate your child on choosing the right foods, such as fish and vegetables, and to avoid sugary foods such as sweets and biscuits.
Water is vital for your child’s health and concentration, so it is important that they stay well hydrated at school. Pack a refillable water bottle in their school bag and encourage your child to drink as much as possible throughout the day. This is particularly important during the summer months or after sporting activities. Even the mildest form of dehydration can impact your child’s brain function and this can affect their motor skills and mood.
What sort of healthy foods do you feed your child?