How big a portion for the under 5's a general guide

How big a portion for the under 5's a general guide

Fruit and vegetables

  • A portion of fruit is a child's handful (the portion will grow with the child)
  • 1 – 3 tablespoons of cooked/raw vegetables/ salad
  • The under 2's may not be ready or manage raw vegetables

Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates

  • ½ - 1 slice bread. Use different varieties, be aware of salt content of bread
  • 1 – 3 tablespoons cooked potato, rice or pasta
  • 1 – 3 tablespoons of non sugar coated breakfast cereal/porridge

Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins

This should progress from finely chopped through to slices/pieces with the increasing age of the child

  • up to 3 years - ½ to 1 ½ tablespoons chopped meat or fish
  • over 3 years - 1 slice/piece meat or fish (40/50g)
  • ½ - 1 egg
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons baked beans/other pulses

Dairy and alternatives

Full fat dairy products should be used for example

  • 3 – 5 dice sized pieces of cheese
  • ½ - 1 small 125g pot yoghurt

Foods and drinks high in fat and sugar

Only include very small amounts. In the child care setting this is probably for special occasions.