The Impact of Balanced Diet on Child Growth and Development

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Kampala International University, bachelors degree in early childhood and primary education
i study was carried out in 30 pre-schools in Homa Bay district in Kenya in september 2009. The purpose of the study was to investigate the impact of balanced diet in mental growth and development of a child below six years. The Ministry of Education records show that, Homa Bay district had a total of The Early Childhood Education Centers (DICECE). Most of the centers were ached to public primary schools. Others were privately owned. The pre-school led represent 20 percent of the schools. Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) study, collected data 77 many sources and used different data collection techniques - both quantitative and qualitative. iii questionnaires were prepared, printed and taken to pre-schools where they are used to collect raw data from pre-school teachers who dealt directly with young children in their learning centres. In depth interviews were used to collect ta from nutrition technicians and parents in the area of study. In some cases, observation of children who were suffering from malnutrition was done with the visits. The study established that, most of the poorly performing children were seriously under fed. They were intellectually inferior as compared to their peers. Early asation of breast feeding, hunger and starvation, over dependence on carbohydrates, were cited as the main causes of this problem. Children in this category came from poor families with very low incomes. Past pre-schools attached to public primary schools had no feeding programme. Such schools were over enrolled with very many pupils. Most of the pupils looked very weak. Their performance in class also reflected a lot of weaknesses. Fighting, crying, thumb sucking, absent ism was very common. Their performance was generally poor.
A Research Report Submitted To the Institute Of Open and Distant Learning in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education and Primary of Kampala International University
Balanced Diet, Child Growth and Development