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Growing pumpkins from seed Pumpkins on trend this October for children in child care October 17, 2018

It is October and for us in Australia, this means a growing trend (thanks to our friends in the USA) to celebrate Halloween and the fun and festivities that surround this event and this includes pumpkins. Already children are planning and plotting their costumes and activities on the 31 October (which is good because a […]

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encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables 6 tips to encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables October 2, 2018

Is your child a fussy eater when it comes to eating fruit and vegetables?   Here are some tips to encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables, from the chef’s at Hearty Health: ​1. Try and try again Children can be fussy with food, which can change from day to day. It is important to be […]

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allergies in children How to manage food allergies in children who attend child care September 25, 2018

Food allergies in children affect thousands of Australians with a significant increase in food allergy diagnosis in the last twenty years. This means it is more important than ever to ensure that every parent and child is aware of potential food allergies in children.  This includes what foods to stay away from and how to […]

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fruit servings in child care menus How to include fruit servings in child care menus August 22, 2018

Most Australians eat only about half the recommended quantity of fruit which is concerning given the huge health benefits of eating fresh produce.   Children in Child Care especially need fruit servings in child care menus to establish great eating habits and to keep them fit and healthy. Child Care Centres are encouraged to ensure that […]

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Healthy eating habits Top 3 books to encourage healthy eating habits in kids August 15, 2018

We love Book Week.   It is lots of fun and from a nutritional point of view, there is no better time to help encourage healthy eating habits in children than by reading a good book about it! Tips when reading to children When reading books to children remember these hot tips: • Give everything a […]

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Gut health How to improve your child’s gut health July 25, 2018

Gut health is an important factor which can determine how we feel, how strong our immune system is and our energy levels.  If our gut is upset and inflamed, that inflammation can spread to the rest of our body and make tension worse. Therefore, we need to be eating a wholesome diet to give our […]

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boost the immunity of children in child care 7 ways to boost the immunity of children in child care July 16, 2018

Colds and flu in children can spread rapidly especially in child care.  It is considered normal for children to get a number of infections and colds during a year and helps to build stronger immune systems for later in life.  However, it is a good idea to minimise the chance of infection (and spread) as […]

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healthy sleep habits Encourage healthy sleep habits in toddlers June 26, 2018

Healthy sleep habits combined with eating fresh healthy meals, keep our bodies fit and strong. New research released by VicHealth and the Sleep Health Foundation has found that technology before bed, caffeine and stress all contribute to later bed times, sleep problems and mental illness in teenagers and young people. It is much easier to […]

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celebrate the Winter Solstice with your kids How to celebrate the Winter Solstice with your kids June 13, 2018

The Winter Solstice highlights the birth of a new solar year and is also known as midwinter or Yule.   It is the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.   Celebrate the Winter Solstice with your kids by learning about why it is so significant around the world and start new family traditions […]

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Cooking with kids Hearty Health Health benefits of cooking with kids May 31, 2018

Cooking with kids teaches them lifelong skills and an appreciation of making (and eating) delicious meals that are healthy for them. Children can start helping out in the kitchen from as early as three years old by pouring pre measured ingredients into a bowl, tearing lettuce for a salad, sprinkling cheese on a casserole and […]

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