Links to Useful Resources on Childhood Nutrition: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

Category: Children's health
Children's health

This factsheet provides useful information on websites, leaflets, healthy eating guidelines and books with reliable nutrition and physical activity information for children and their families, and anyone interested in childhood nutrition.

General Websites

Little Steps Campaign:

  • HSE and Safefood campaign aimed at parents and young children to encourage healthy eating and physical activity: (including downloadable leaflets and posters).

Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI):

  • Professional association for dietitians in Ireland providing dietary information with free to download factsheets including factsheets on childhood nutrition.

British Dietetic Association (BDA):

  • Professional association for dietitians in the UK providing dietary information with free to download factsheets covering basic nutrition information.


  • North/South body committed to promoting healthy eating and food safety. Provides free to download resources on a range of childhood nutrition topics, including healthy lunchbox ideas and a guide to reading food labels.

Health Promotion Department

  • General healthy eating leaflets, including new food pyramid and healthy eating advice for children.

Department of Health

  • A useful website with lots of information on various health topics including publications on child health such as the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study 2010

Websites for Teachers

Incredible Edibles

  • Agri Aware and other sponsors encouraging primary and post primary schools to learn about agriculture and food (including Dig in! resource pack with 32 lesson plans).

British Nutrition Foundation

  • Food a fact of life provides a wealth of free resources including podcasts about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming for children and young people aged 3 to 16 years. Includes lesson plans, worksheets and interactive games.

Nourish Interactive

  • Nourish Interactive is an American website and provides free resources for fun nutrition games for kids, interactive nutrition tools and tips for parents and health educators to use to promote healthy living for the whole family.
  • Created by nutrition and health care professionals, Nourish Interactive's nutrition education gives children and families the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices.

Food Dudes

  • Food Dudes is a programme developed by the University of Wales, Bangor, to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home.
  • It is based on positive role models (the Food Dudes characters), repeated tasting and rewards.
  • In large-scale studies in schools in England and Wales and pilot studies in schools in Ireland, the programme has been shown to be effective and results long lasting across the primary age range, regardless of gender, school size, geographic and socio-economic factors.

Irish Heart Foundation (IHF)

  • The IHF have developed a resource for primary school teachers called 'Bizzy Breaks' containing a series levels of short (5-10 minutes) physical activity breaks for the classroom.
  • Information on other school programmes including: Action for Life Resources, LIDL Fit Factor and Active School Flag.

Healthy food for All

  • Healthy Food for All is an all-island initiative seeking to combat food poverty by promoting access, availability and affordability of healthy food for low-income groups.
  • They have developed the Good Practice Guide for Breakfast Clubs which provides information on setting up and running a breakfast club.
  • The guide aims to support schools and community groups to create a positive social environment where children can prepare for the school day.


Healthy Eating Policies in Schools

Department of Health and Children published the following guidelines for schools on developing and implementing a healthy eating policy.

  • Food and Nutrition guidelines for Pre-school services 2004

  • Food and Nutrition guidelines for Primary School 2003

Physical Activity Information

Get Ireland Active website

  • This website provides help and advice on increasing physical activity across the lifespan.
  • There is also a search tool that enables you to find out about different sports and events taking place in your area.
  • Free activity diaries also available as well as a section on dealing with excuses for not being more physically active.

The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP)

  • The ISCP have developed a resource on increasing physical activity for children from 2 years of age upwards.


Feeding your baby; introducing family meals

  • Advice for parents on spoon feeding their baby including tips, suggestions and recipes for weaning onto solid foods.

Bottle feeding your baby

  • This booklet gives general information on how to bottle feed your baby.
  • However, all babies are different. Contact your public health nurse, doctor or dietitian for information that suits your baby’s needs or if you are concerned about anything to do with feeding your baby.

 Food for young children

  • Advice for parents about children aged 1-5 years on what foods your children should be eating.
  • There is also a sample meal planner and advice on common childhood nutrition issues including constipation, anaemia, and how to deal with fussy eaters.

Eat Smart, Move More!

  • Guides parents through tips to make simple practical changes to a child's diet and activity levels through a sensitive family-based approach.
  • The booklet outlines tips for exercise and a balanced, healthy diet for all children in order to promote good health both now and in later life.

New Food Pyramid

  • Your guide to healthy eating using the food pyramid for adults and children over 5 years of age.

Safefood - A healthy lunchbox guide


Feed your child well- babies, toddlers and older children' 3rd Edition

Authors: Therese Dunne, Phyllis Farrell and Valerie Kelly

  • The third edition of Feed Your Child Well written by Temple Street Dietitians is available to purchase from all good bookstores (RRP €17.99) and is available to buy online from .
  • Divided into fourteen chapters it covers all aspects of nutrition from feeding a baby, by breast and bottle, food allergy and the different options for older children, including vegetarianism and preventing obesity and overweight.


  • Free basic cookery book, compiled in conjunction with the HSE, Safefood, Little Steps Healthy Eating Campaign and the Money and Budgeting Service (MABS).
  • These cookery books are also available from your local MABS Office, subject to available stocks.

New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner

Author: Annabel Karmel; Ebury Press

  • Sensible and practical advice about nutrition and the introduction of new foods and textures for babies and toddlers, including 200 recipes.
  • Also endorsed by Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, London.

Created by the Paediatric Dietitians’ Interest Group (PDIG) of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) November 2015. Review date: November 2015

© 2015 Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute, INDI. All rights reserved. May be reproduced in its entirety provided the source is acknowledged. This information is not meant to replace advice from your medical doctor or individual counselling with a dietitian. It is intended for educational and informational purposes only.

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