During the week of October 28th, the Turks & Caicos Islands Ministry and Department of Education in collaboration with UNICEF celebrated the Week of the Young Child under the theme: “The Early Years are Learning Years-Early Literacy Counts”. As part of the celebrations, the three Government Elementary Schools on Providenciales hosted a variety of activities for their parents. One of the activities included an informative workshop for parents of children in Kindergarten thru Grades 2.
Speakers to the event included Nutrition in Demand’s Executive Director and Registered Dietitian, Mrs. Tamika Handfield along with Mrs. Yolande Robinson of Learn and Lead Educational Center. Mrs. Robinson presented on “Nurturing Literacy Skills in Young Children” and “The Use of Storytelling as a Family Learning Tool” while Mrs. Handfield spoke on “Establishing Healthy Eating Habits in Young Children”
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During her presentation, Mrs. Handfield emphasized the following points:
- The importance of establishing healthy eating habits in children
- The nutritional needs of young children
- What parents should do if they want their children to eat healthy
- Smart snacking and
- Tips parents can use to make healthy foods more appealing
Approximately 130 parents attended the workshops and were very attentive during the presentations. They were also very appreciative of the invaluable information given by both speakers. Nutrition in Demand is very pleased to have been a part of these celebrations.