children sugar levels

Young children are exceeding daily sugar amounts

Children aged between four and ten are consuming twice as much sugar as recommended, a new survey has revealed.

The National Diet and Nutritional Survey, funded by Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Foods Standard Agency, found that children are also not eating enough fruit and vegetables, though consumption of red meat and saturated fats remain high.

Children sugar levels

According to the NHS, the maximum daily amount of added sugar should be as follows: five cubes for four to six-year-olds, six cubes for seven to ten-year-olds and seven cubes for children aged 11 and over. This is being regularly exceeded by young children and there are a number of government plans to lower levels of sugar intake and decrease childhood obesity.

“While it is encouraging that young children are having fewer sugary drinks, they still have far too much sugar in their diet overall,” comments DR Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE.

Peterborough nursery healthy food

At our Peterborough nursery, we love having happy, healthy children – we believe the quality of the food we provide is essential to this. That is why we only serve healthy, fresh and nutritious food to help your child with their learning and playing.

The data shows that we all need to eat more fruit, vegetables and fibre whilst cutting back on salt and sugar. Our chefs at Apricot Nursery are well aware of this and our experienced cooks use the freshest ingredients – even growing vegetables in our garden! We are proud to say that all of our food is freshly prepared on site. You can view one of our sample food menus here.

If you’re looking for childcare or day nurseries in Peterborough, find out more about how Apricot Nursery can help you and your child. Call us today on 01733 390 969 or pop in to have a look around.

child fussy eater tips

Is your child a fussy eater?

There’s nothing more stressful than a child who is reluctant to eat at meal times. If this is a problem in your household, we’ve put together a few solutions to encourage your child to quit the habit:.


Having bright colours on your child’s plate will make the meal more appealing and would generally be healthier for them.

Perk your child’s interest

Try to base your child’s meals on their interests. For example, if your child likes stars then you could cut their vegetables in to a star shape. Other ideas include cutting your child’s favourite animal into shaped sandwiches.

Make the food sound exciting

Acting like you’re excited about the food will reflect onto the child, encouraging them to be excited about the meal. Give the food fun names such as green trees for broccoli.

Change the way you serve food

Making the food look different on the plate will intrigue the children and make them want to try it. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just putting fruit on a stick instead of on the plate should do it.

Let your child help

Allowing your child to actively help you to make dinner will motivate there eating – they will be proud that they have made it. Aside from this, letting the child decide what they want for dinner/dessert will have the same effect as it is something that they want.

All of these tips should help your child to overcome their fussy eating, or at least create more enthusiasm around meal times.

At Apricot Nursery we introduce healthy and delicious food to them as early as possible. Our menus change weekly so that our children are trying a wide range of different foods, helping them to develop a good attitude to trying and enjoying food. For more information about Apricot Nursery’s food and nutrition, click here.

Apricot Nursery is based in Orton Longueville, Peterborough (PE2). For information about how the nursery can help you and your child, call us today on 01733 390 969.