Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Tips and Tools for Child Feeding

  • Feeding children can
    be challenging

  • Most children go through
    a fussy eating stage

  • You have an important role in
    supporting caregivers with
    child feeding

  • Only one in five children
    eat their five-a-day

  • Learn about strategies that
    families can use to encourage
    children to enjoy a healthy
    varied diet




We are delighted that you are thinking of joining us for what promises to be an interesting and helpful morning.

We all know that many children go through a stage of fussy eating – and that this behaviour is totally normal. How this fussiness is managed can affect whether children outgrow it or if it will continue as they grow older.

Health professionals have a vital role in supporting parents and caregivers with child feeding and with helping them when they have a child who is fussy or refusing to eat foods.

Our Tips and Tools for Child Feeding training event – specifically tailored for health professionals who work with families – will be interactive, giving you the chance to:

  • learn about common feeding problems and how they can be effectively managed
  • pick up some new ideas for helping parents/caregivers to encourage healthy eating behaviours
  • talk to us about any feeding issues you have encountered with the families you work with
  • share ideas and best practice with colleagues

You can find out more about the morning on the Programme tab of this website.

We will also be able to provide you with a booklet outlining and elaborating the ideas, techniques and activities discussed during the morning so that you have something to take away and share with your colleagues.

We will give you a pack of child feeding resources – including postcards and posters relating to the tips and tools that we cover as part of this session – for you to share with the families you work with.

The morning is also a learning opportunity for us, so that we can understand a bit more about the kinds of child feeding-related information that you would like to know about. This will help us to develop resources that can really be of benefit in your settings and complement the current knowledge that you have and the practices that you use.

We really hope that you will now visit the Register page and sign up to join us on Monday 22 June.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

About us

About us

We are specialist children's feeding researchers at Loughborough University (LUCRED).

We are also mothers to young children and try very hard to practise what we preach!

Dr Gemma Witcomb is a Research and Teaching Fellow whose work includes identifying effective strategies and creating interventions to help parents with child feeding.

Dr Emma Haycraft is a Senior Lecturer whose research expertise includes caregiver-child interactions during mealtimes.

Dr Claire Farrow is a Senior Lecturer at Aston University and an Honorary Research Fellow with LUCRED. She has over 10 years' experience of conducting research about children's eating behaviour.

Event programme

The morning begins at 10am – with registration and refreshments from 9.30am.  We aim to finish by 12.30pm.

Registration and refreshments

You will need to register on arrival, refreshments will be available.


Introduction and overview of the morning’s sessions

Current feeding and mealtime support practices

The opportunity to share good practice with colleagues and discuss common issues you have encountered when supporting families with young children.

We will also look at the kinds of information and support that would be helpful to you in encouraging healthy eating habits for the children and families that you work with.

Common feeding pitfalls

Understanding how our own actions can influence a child’s eating can really help us manage feeding behaviour.

By following some simple guidelines we can encourage children to enjoy a healthy diet for life and avoid some of the most common feeding pitfalls.

Helping children to eat more healthily

Helping children to enjoy a varied diet, including fruit and vegetables, encourages them to form lifelong healthy eating habits.

It’s not always easy, but there are plenty of ways to encourage them.

Fun with food

There are lots of ways to help children become more comfortable about new foods – most of them fun, a lot of them messy, but all of them easy and effective!

During this session, we will explore a number of approaches which you can recommend parents/caregivers use to help children learn about food.

Feedback and farewell

We will wrap up the session with an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, comment on the usefulness of the various sessions and ask us any questions you may have.



Attendance at this event costs just £15.  The event is not for profit and this charge is to cover refreshments and a set of child feeding resources for you to take away.

It is suitable for anyone who works with families and supports them with feeding children, including health visitors, dietitians, nutritionists, and nurses.

Registration closes at 5.00pm on Monday 15 June 2015.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

Register your attendance » University online store

Please note: You will be redirected to the Loughborough University online store for registration and payment



The event will take place at Loughborough University in the Stewart Mason building.

There is parking on campus, a bus runs from Loughborough train station to the campus, and the Arriva 126 / 127 bus services run from Loughborough town centre close to the venue.

The address and postcode for satellite navigation to the venue are:

Stewart Mason building
Loughborough University
Ashby Road 
LE11 3TW

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