According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, during the preschool years children need to consume 1200 to 1400 calories per day. Active preschoolers may require additional calories. These calorie need can be met by offering three meals and a few nutrition snacks each day. Consistently providing a variety of nutritious food choices can help to ensure a preschooler’s nutritional needs are met.
Preschoolers are gaining ability to feed themselves with utensils. Even though preschoolers tend to chew foods more thoroughly, meat and other large chunks of food should be cut into pieces smaller than 1/2 inch to reduce the likelihood of choking.
By preparing nutritious meals and snacks, by eating nutritious meals and snacks together, by talking about healthy food choices and by modeling healthy eating themselves, nannies can help children to establish good eating habits.