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The importance of good food at an early age

The importance of good food at an early age

Professor John Stein F.R.C.P. of Oxford University says:-“There is now overwhelming evidence that infants' nutrition plays a very important part in optimal development of their brains. In particular lack of essential micronutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals can limit acquisition of cognitive skills very significantly. Hence the high quality of the food provided by the Willow Cottage Nurseries, as evidenced by their winning their National Nursery Food Awards, is crucial to their fantastic success.”

The Pioneering work of neuroscience scientists such as Kuhl, Meltzoff, Gopnik, and more recently by Giacomo Rizzolatti detail the enormous potential of a baby's brain and describe such enormous potential of a baby as “the most powerful learning machine in the universe!” They have established that a rich and complex set of neurological connections are made in the early minutes/ hours /days and weeks of a baby’s life. A child's brain seemingly being furiously driven by experience from the utero into early childhood. Babies and young children are far more able than we would ever have believed!

Research findings now show that the food given to children in the early years can influence not only well being, growth and behaviour, but also their educational achievement. (The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC)

 Other recent research that supports and demonstrates the importance of healthy food at an early age click here
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