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Childcare food provision recommendations vary across Australia: jurisdictional comparison and nutrition expert perspectives

Spence, Alison, Love, Penelope, Byrne, Rebecca, Wakem, Amy, Matwiejczyk, Louisa, Devine, Amanda, Golley, Rebecca and Sambell, Ros 2020, Childcare food provision recommendations vary across Australia: jurisdictional comparison and nutrition expert perspectives, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 17, no. 18, pp. 1-19, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17186793.

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Title Childcare food provision recommendations vary across Australia: jurisdictional comparison and nutrition expert perspectives
Author(s) Spence, AlisonORCID iD for Spence, Alison orcid.org/0000-0001-9029-1718
Love, PenelopeORCID iD for Love, Penelope orcid.org/0000-0002-1244-3947
Byrne, Rebecca
Wakem, Amy
Matwiejczyk, Louisa
Devine, Amanda
Golley, Rebecca
Sambell, Ros
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 17
Issue number 18
Article ID 6793
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-09-02
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
early childhood education and care
childcare
long day care
infant
toddler
preschool
nutrition
dietary guidelines
Summary Early childhood is a critical stage for nutrition promotion, and childcare settings have the potential for wide-reaching impact on food intake. There are currently no Australian national guidelines for childcare food provision, and the comparability of existing guidelines across jurisdictions is unknown. This project aimed to map and compare childcare food provision guidelines and to explore perspectives amongst early childhood nutrition experts for alignment of jurisdictional childcare food provision guidelines with the Australian Dietary Guidelines (ADG). A desktop review was conducted and formed the basis of an online survey. A national convenience sample of childhood nutrition experts was surveyed. Existing guideline recommendations for food group serving quantities were similar across jurisdictions but contained many minor differences. Of the 49 survey respondents, most (84–100%) agreed with aligning food group provision recommendations to provide at least 50% of the recommended ADG serves for children. Most (94%) agreed that discretionary foods should be offered less than once per month or never. Jurisdictional childcare food provision guidelines do not currently align, raising challenges for national accreditation and the provision of support and resources for services across jurisdictions. Childhood nutrition experts support national alignment of food provision guidelines with the ADG.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17186793
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, the authors
Free to Read? Yes
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