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Individual training courses are a great low cost way to educate your staff on topics that specifically interest them. These web based courses are easy to use and can be completed in multiple sittings, making it convenient for busy educators!


Nutrition 101 for Early Childhood Educators

Early childhood educators have the opportunity to not only teach nutrition concepts and healthy behaviors in the classroom, but they are often eating with young children 2-3 times a day. This gives them the chance to model healthy behaviors and teach mini impactful lessons with each meal. This training equips early childhood educators with foundational nutrition knowledge to help them incorporate healthy eating behaviors into their own lives and become role models to the children they care for.

This training will detail:

  • the six classes of nutrients we need to be healthy (carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water),
  • the five food groups we need to eat to obtain all of those nutrients (fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein),
  • common barriers to healthy eating and how we can overcome them,
  • and we will dispute common nutrition myths that impact how we eat.

By the end of this training, successful participants should be able to:

  • Detail which nutrients are needed to obtain or maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • List the five food groups and describe 2-3 healthy options for each group.
  • Describe two common barriers to healthy eating and list possible solutions for each.
  • List at least 3 popular nutrition myths and explain why they are false.

Clock hours: 2.0 clock hours Course Cost: $17 USD


Understanding Food Allergies: Strategies to Prevent & Manage Food Allergies in the Preschool Environment

Child care providers should feel confident in their abilities to provide a safe and healthy environment for young children. Given that 1 out of every 13 children have a food allergy, child care providers should be well informed on where we find food allergens, how to identify a reaction, and what to do should one occur.

This course begins by detailing the basics of food allergies and other adverse reactions to food. We discuss what is happening in the body, what symptoms may occur, how a preschooler may voice the symptoms they are experiencing, and who is at risk for adverse reactions. 

We spend a good portion of time discussing where we might find allergens in the foods we eat and in various classroom materials. Participants will spend time looking at food labels and familiarizing themselves with how to locate potential allergens. We will discuss a variety of alternative classroom materials and activities to minimize exposure. 

To help minimize exposure further, the training discusses proper hand washing, cleaning, and other considerations such as food-based rewards, class parties, field trips, and other areas where exposure may occur. 

Finally, we look at strategies to manage an allergic reaction should one occur. This includes understanding an emergency care plan, recognizing the signs of a severe allergic reaction, steps to take if you suspect anaphylaxis, and understanding the different roles of staff in the event of a severe reaction. 

Successful participants of this course will be able to:

  • State what a food allergy is, how the body reacts in the event of an allergic reaction, and who is impacted by allergies. 
  • State the primary food allergens and discuss how to find them in the foods we eat and in the materials we use in the classroom.
  • List strategies that you can implement in your pre-school classroom and cafeteria to prevent food allergy reactions from occurring. 
  • State your role as an educator and care-giver, should a food allergy reaction happen in your classroom or at your school.

Clock hours: 2.0 clock hours Course Cost: $17 USD

This training is approved by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.


Teaching Nutrition to Preschoolers: Messages with the Greatest Impact

Teaching nutrition to preschoolers plays a very important role in the development of lifelong eating habits. Early childhood educators are essential in this process. This course will provide early childhood educators with evidence based nutrition messages and learning objectives that are successful in increasing the knowledge base and understanding of nutrition concepts among preschool aged children. 

Incorporating these concepts also help to increase exposure to healthy foods, resulting in a potential increase in willingness to try new foods and decrease food neophobia. This helps to reduce mealtime struggles in the cafeteria. In addition, this training takes theory and turns it into practical application by providing classroom activity examples and suggestions on how to incorporate nutrition education informally through everyday activities.

Successful participants of this course will be able to:

  • State the importance of nutrition education in early childcare.  
  • Explain differences between informative, social norm, and health based messages, and state how and why they are used. 
  • State the common learning objectives that are effective when teaching nutrition to preschoolers.
  • List at least 3 formal nutrition activities that can be incorporated in the classroom.
  • List at least 2 ways nutrition concepts can be incorporated into everyday activities.

Clock hours: 2.0 clock hours Course Cost: $17 USD

This training is approved by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.


Feeding Toddlers: Nutrition for Growth and Development

Feeding toddlers nutritious foods plays a very important role in growth and development, while also helping young children establish healthy eating habits. Early childhood educators and staff are essential in this process. This course will provide childcare providers with important nutrition knowledge that will help guide them as they plan menus, serve foods to young children, and deal with common problems in the cafeteria. 

This course also discusses mealtime struggles that often occur with toddlers. We will discuss strategies to help early childhood educators navigate these struggles and provide solutions that will make mealtimes easier and safer. 

By the end of this training, successful participants will be able to:

  • State the relationship between toddler development stages and self feeding. .  
  • List the nutrients needed during the toddler years and describe how these nutrients impact growth and development. 
  • List the food groups and detail appropriate food choices for toddlers.
  • State at least 2 common mealtime concerns for toddlers and describe potential solutions. 

Clock hours: 1.5 clock hours Course Cost: $13 USD

This training is approved by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.


Feeding Preschoolers: Nutrition for Growth and Development

Feeding preschoolers nutritious foods plays a very important role in growth and development, while also helping young children establish healthy eating habits. Early childhood educators and staff are essential in this process. This course will provide childcare providers with important nutrition knowledge that will help guide them as they plan menus, serve foods to young children, and deal with common problems in the cafeteria. 

This course also discusses mealtime struggles that often occur with preschoolers. We will discuss strategies to help early childhood educators navigate these struggles and provide solutions that will make mealtimes easier and safer. 

Successful participants of this course will be able to:

  • State the relationship between preschooler development stages and self feeding. .  
  • List the nutrients needed during the preschool years and describe how these nutrients impact growth and development. 
  • List the food groups and detail appropriate food choices for preschoolers.
  • State at least 2 common mealtime concerns for preschoolers and describe potential solutions. 

Clock hours: 1.5 clock hour Course Cost: $13 USD

This training is approved by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.


Developing Healthy Food Habits in Children

This course helps caregivers understand how food habits are developed, which foods are needed for a healthy diet, and what role they play in building healthy eating habits in children.

Learning objectives for this course include:

  • Describe how food habits are developed in children.
  • Identify factors that positively and negatively impact this development.
  • Identify which foods are needed for a healthy diet.
  • Detail the role of early childhood education in the development of food habits.

Clock hours: 1.0 clock hour Course Cost: $10 USD


Common Feeding Concerns and Solutions for Young Children

This course helps caregivers identify common mealtime concerns with children and provides solutions to navigate these issues and make meals a more enjoyable experience.

Learning objectives for this course include:

  • Identify common mealtime concerns that caregivers often express when working with young children.
  • Describe why these issues occur and which age groups are typically at risk.
  • Detail potential solutions navigate these concerns and help make mealtime more enjoyable for both caregiver and the child.

Clock hours: 1.0 clock hour Course Cost: $10 USD



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