The Eatwise course was extremely beneficial. It has provided me as a teacher with so many tools to educate children on the importance of healthy eating and food choices and of the benefits involved as a result. The resources that accompany the course are excellent and I will certainly be using all that I have learned and will be implementing it in my classroom and school in the coming year. Super course, I enjoyed it thoroughly!

Michelle - Mayo

Having a senior class means I am teaching young adolescents who are of an extremely impressionable age. I wanted to know how to approach teaching the topic of healthy eating in an appropriate and relevant way. This course has given me a structure of how to go about this task. It has also supplied me with many interactive and engaging resources to help me achieve this.

Amy - Kildare

Very interesting, informative course with practical suggestions for implementing healthy eating practices in the classroom.

Siobhan - Kilkenny

For 2019 our courses will commence on Monday, July 1st and all courses must be completed by pm on Friday 2nd August.  As per the DES criteria you must complete the required time on the course and your start and completion date will now appear on your Cert for your EPV days.  If you buy two or more courses you must only complete one course at a time.

Course places are limited due to DES criteria.


Includes free module on Restorative Practice

Eatwise for a Happy Healthy

Classroom & School

Summer CPD Course


Learn how to teach about nutrition in a way that children can relate to and understand. Throughout this summer cpd course, you will learn why nutrition is so important and how good nutrition enhances our lives.  You will be provided with imaginative, creative ways to promote and support nutrition and health, involving games, ICT, real world examples, real life practical recipes and tools. These tools will challenge children to reflect and think about what they eat. Allowances and awareness will be made of special needs, special dietary needs and cultural needs. You will be encouraged to look towards your own health and nutrition and ideally involve the whole school in this consciousness.

Good nutrition is the foundation to well-being in the classroom and school, join us this summer and start building that foundation.

All summer cpd courses are approved for EPV days.

Course Aims

Discover the simple facts of how a good, balanced diet can benefit and enhance both the teacher’s life and that of the children. Learn how to integrate healthy eating information into SPHE lessons. The course will provide engaging and creative ways to demonstrate and understand nutrition.

Explore how to give children the opportunity to learn how they can make their own choices in nutrition, boosting their energy, concentration, growth, development and mood.

Research indicates that childrens’ nutrition has deteriorated dramatically in one generation, a key aim is to rebalance that decline starting in school.

Learning Outcomes

 Summer Course Module 1

Understand the main food groups needed for optimal child growth and development.

Practical guides for individual portion control.

Understanding of a balanced diet that incorporates variety and the effect of hydration on well-being and behaviour.

Examples of good hydration methods to apply to the classroom.

Demonstrate simple healthy meal plate.

Summer Course Module 2

Know the difference between products and produce.

Why the 5 a day rule applies.

Explore the eat a rainbow concept.

Understand and demonstrate food pyramids and what should be on a balanced plate of food.

Learn to efficiently read and interpret a food label and bring this skill to a child’s level.

Summer Course Module 3

Identify the main conditions that children are diagnosed with and how they relate to learning abilities.

Identify the effects of particular foods.

Knowledge and understanding of special diets.

Understanding and identification of inflammatory foods and their attributes.

Good mood food, how food relates to energy and concentration and how to make healthy food swaps.

Learn about mindful eating and how to bring it to the classroom.

Summer Course Module 4

Identify what influences food choices.

Nutritionally assess food choices found in the classroom in an inclusive and supportive way. Understanding of branding terminology e.g. low fat, sugar-free.

Debunking myths about healthy eating.

Demonstration of affordable healthy food options, simple recipes, tasty food.

Summer Course Module 5

Teach a range of ways to involve the class in their food choices.

Simple games to demonstrate a healthy food plate/lunchbox.

Practical, interactive methods to understand the food groups.

Ways children can work in groups to make healthy choices.

Guide to assess the individual needs of a class and involve children that might have an issue with food.

Carina Kennedy

Carina Kennedy

Course Author

Carina is a naturopath, herbalist, nutritional therapist, iridologist, reflexologist, reiki practitioner and qualified nurse. Having experienced health problems herself, Carina’s goal is to show as many people as is possible that they can take control of their health and nutrition with a little guidance. Carina runs a holistic clinic in Mayo. She also holds workshops and is currently writing a series of books on nutrition for children.

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