EARLY NUTRITIONEnsuring an optimal nutritional base for children to positively impact on their development, learning skills, social and emotional abilities.
Healthy eating is important for every individual at every stage of their life. The regular consumption of fruit, vegetable and whole grains has been well documented to decrease the incidence of non-communicable diseases (heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer) in later life. Simply put; healthy eating is an investment in one’s health and future well-being.
This investment is especially important for young children under 5 years as these years lay the foundation that shapes children’s future health, growth, development and learning achievement at school.
In an effort to address and prevent malnutrition Masikhule has, under the guidance of a registered Dietitian, developed an Early Nutrition menu. This menu, which includes guidance on portion sizes, ensures the children have an optimal nutritional base from which to grow, develop and learn, and that this is achieved with the lowest cost and minimal waste.
Adequate and correct nutrition during the first five years of a child’s life are particularly important for the development of the child’s brain, providing the base for the brain’s development and functioning, directly impacting on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities. We have been fortunate to partner with JAM SA and other nutrition partners to facilitate feeding schemes in most of the ECD Centres that we work with.