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Children: Nutrition

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to provide parents with nutritional guidance for one- to three-year-olds, in light of the 2009 Infant and Toddler Forum poll of 1,000 mothers in which 43 per cent of mothers say they have not received clear and consistent advice on feeding the under-threes. [HL3497]

The Healthy Child Programme (Child Health Promotion Programme) is the core programme that oversees the health and development of children aged 0-5 years and supports parents to protect and promote their child's health. The programme provides for a number of development reviews at which health professionals are expected to discuss the child's nutrition needs from breastfeeding onwards. As announced in Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: One Year On we will provide additional guidance to practitioners and the National Health Service on the review when the child is 2 to 2½ years old, including recommendations on promoting healthy nutrition and physical development, and that we will support children in the important early years of their development through a single set of evidence-based messages on healthy eating and active play.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what training exists for health and childcare professionals (HCPs) on child nutrition for one- to three-year-olds, in light of the Department of Health's Child Health Promotion Programme stating that advice and information on family nutrition should be given by HCPs. [HL3498]

The core training of health visitors is around child health and includes food and nutrition.

As part of the Healthy Child programme (HCP), formerly the Child Health Promotion Programme (CHPP), we are developing an e-learning programme to support professionals with their professional development. As part of this, we are looking at modules that are likely to include health and nutrition.

Change4Life is a new initiative, supported by the department, bringing together health and education professionals, industry and the third sector with the shared aims to improve children's diets and levels of activity so reducing the threat to their future health and happiness.

New growth charts have been launched and training packages and tools have been developed to help professionals identify weight issues.

Primary care trusts have a local responsibility to ensure staff are trained around local priorities such as childhood obesity.