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I’m lucky that my son has never been a fussy eater. For some reason he doesn’t like carrots, but we all have one thing we don’t like, right? He’s also more likely to eat vegetables than meat, which is setting him up nicely for a sustainable future. I’ll stop being smug now. There are lots of children who are fussy eaters and it is well known that there are two ‘windows of opportunity’ to set good food habits: when children are around the age of two and when they are around 18, leaving home. This is where nurseries and preschools have a big role to play, according to Annabel Karmel, the bestselling children’s cookery author, who on page 16 talks about the importance of getting fussy eaters into early years settings. She claims that she can make any child discover a love of different foods and is working with more nurseries and preschools to help them achieve that. It’s a reason why we recently extended the circulation of EDUatering Magazine to this sector. By setting good eating habits early, hopefully children will be more inclined to try new foods when they reach primary school and as an added bonus, parents will be eager to sign them up to receive Universal Infant Free School Meals, knowing that they will eat the food being given to them. Annabel touches on food allergies quite a bit and this is a topic we’ve covered in depth this month. At the recent LACA Spring Seminar (page 20), Chartwells’ Meg Longworth challenged the idea that schools should be required to cater for every single allergy going and Pat Fellows re-examines the consultation on allergen information on food pre-packaged for direct sale on page 50. We also look at easy ways to provide easy allergen-friendly meals on page 26.

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