Food and nutrition

Why is nutrition important for pre-school children?

Why is nutrition important for pre-school children?

Nutrients from food are important for energy, growth and development in children.


Children between two and four  are undergoing rapid growth and development and often spend a lot of time in spontaneous physical activity. It is important children get enough energy to meet their high nutritional needs without exceeding their energy requirements. 

In the short term, a child’s diet impacts on their growth and development and is linked to many common childhood conditions (e.g. diarrhoeal disease, dental health, iron and vitamin deficiencies). A healthy balanced diet can help promote healthy weight (and prevent obesity). In the longer term, a child’s diet can influence their risk in adult life of developing conditions related to cardiovascular health and diabetes.