Child Nutrition Level 3

Our course code: X352

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Diet, nutrition and fitness are three of the most important factors in childhood learning and development. Knowing how to balance food and exercise to the recommended guidelines can make a big difference. Furthermore, it promotes a healthier lifestyle, better mental health, and lowers the risk of future health problems. Our Child Nutrition Level 3 course teaches the foundations of dietetics and physical health. As a result, you’ll know how to support the growth and development of children in your care.

Children require good nutrition because they’re growing, developing and are often very active. Therefore, it’s important to shape children’s attitudes towards food in early childhood. As without the proper nutrition, children risk developing disorders like rickets. That’s why our course studies the value of healthy food for kids.

Children require good nutrition because they’re growing, developing and are very active.

Our Child Nutrition Level 3 course covers all aspects of children’s dietary and health requirements. Each unit is designed to help you appreciate the weight of planning healthy meals, snacks and exercise. The course explores everything from micro and macronutrients to how food affects children’s mood. In addition, we’ll show the impact of malnutrition and you’ll learn to spot signs and symptoms of eating disorders.

Our nutrition course covers all aspects of children’s dietary and health requirements.

The point is to give you the tools needed to successfully promote healthy lifestyle choices in children. If you’re looking to develop your nutritional knowledge, meet the national guidelines and advance a career in child nutrition, you’re in the right place.

On our Child Nutrition Level 3 course, you will:

  • Broaden your knowledge of health and nutrition for kids
  • Ask and answer, ‘What is a healthy lifestyle?’
  • Discover the role of micro and macronutrients
  • Recognise the connection between food and mood
  • Explore the impact of malnutrition and eating disorders on physical health
  • Examine the anatomy and physiology of various internal systems
  • Appreciate the importance of exercise and fitness for children

Discover how to promote healthy eating in children to support their growth and development with this Child Nutrition course.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

Study Hours

Up to 100 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a certificate of completion and competency.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Broaden your knowledge of the following topics:

  • Notions of and definitions of health
  • Dietetics
  • Food and fitness for children
  • Healthy eating and physical exercise
  • Dimensions and nature of health
  • Perceptions of the health of others
  • Mental health, stigma, and social constructs
  • Food and food hygiene
2: Nutritional Needs from Birth to 16 Years

Develop your understanding of the following topics:

  • What is a healthy lifestyle?
    • Barriers to changing a lifestyle
      • Environmental
      • Personal
      • Triggers to relapse
    • Motivation to improve children’s lifestyle
      • Nutritional advice and principles
      • Daily guidelines for boys and girls
3: Key Nutrients and Vitamins

Gain insight into macro and micro nutrients:

  • Macro and micro nutrients
  • The role of macro nutrients
    • Carbohydrates
    • Proteins
    • Fats
  • The role of micro nutrients
    • Water soluble vitamins
    • Fat soluble vitamins
    • Minerals
    • Water
4: Nutritional Guidelines and Meal Planning

Break down the following topics relating to food and your mood:

  • Food and mood introduction
  • How food affects your mood
  • Mental illness and diet
  • Food and behaviour in children
5: Digestion and Food Labelling

Familiarise yourself with the following topics:

  • What is hunger and malnutrition
  • Causes for hunger and malnutrition
  • Who Is at risk for malnutrition?
  • Symptoms and effects of malnutrition
  • Treating malnourished children
  • Signs and symptoms eating disorders
    • Rickets
    • Anorexia nervosa
    • Bulimia nervosa
    • Body dysmorphia
6: Special Dietary Needs

Grasp the subject matter of the following topics:

  • Musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems
    • The skeletal system
    • The muscular system
    • The respiratory system
    • The circulatory system
7: Exercise and Fitness

Broaden your knowledge of the following topics:

  • Health related components of physical fitness
  • Cardiorespiratory endurance, including testing
    • Astrand submaximal test
    • Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test
    • Cooper’s 12-minute run
    • Multi-stage beep test
  • Muscular strength, power and speed
  • Flexibility, agility and balance
  • Reaction Time
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!