Abacus Ark Blog - Food


Making the Most of Mealtimes

29 June 2018Food

"Food is fuel for our bodies. So is conversation for our brains."

The National Literacy Trust (2013) believes that mealtime chatter boosts children’s communication skills and confidence. A study with school children in 2012 concluded that children whose families cha...


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Working Together to Wean our Babies at Abacus Ark

21 June 2018Food

By Jo Pandollfi

When I had my children at the beginning of the 1990’s the recommended length of time before weaning our babies was three months.  However, parents would proudly compare notes and boast if their child was taking solids earlier than this and it was not unusual for babies to be having baby...


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How Often Should Children Eat?

15 June 2018Food

We’ve all seen videos of people giving a lemon to a baby to suck on, but have you ever seen anyone try giving a lemon to a toddler? Babies have very adventurous taste buds but as they grow into their toddler’s years they usually become less agreeable at meal times. According to the Institute of Medicine this can be explained by the growth rate o...


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Fussy Eaters

Fussy Eaters

24 July 2017Food

Teaching children about healthy eating at an early age is crucial in laying the foundations for choices that they may make in later life.  A healthy diet is essential to promote good wellbeing and will have a positive effect a child’s behaviour, moods and concentration and ability to learn.

Here are some ideas about how to encourage healt...


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Pancake Day

It's Pancake Day

09 February 2017Food

Pancake Day is that time of year where we have lots of fun in the kitchen throwing food around. We know we shouldn’t play with our food- but we think today is an exception!

Pancake Day originates from the Christian tradition of Shrove Tuesday, the day before Christians commence the 40 days of Lent. Lent is the time where Christians abstai...


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