At Eat Play Learn Nutrition, we are excited about helping children to develop a positive relationship with food so they can grow into a healthy and happy adulthood.
We use gentle but effective strategies to support you in your way through the challenge that feeding young children can be.
We specialise in challenging eating (aka fussy eating), and all nutritional aspects of early childhood, from one to 6 years of age, and use scientific evidence as the core of our practice.
Eat Play Learn Nutrition is based in the Blue Mountains, Australia, but can provide consultations worldwide via telephone, Skype or Zoom call.
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Bachelor in Food & Nutrition (La Trobe University)
Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) of the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA)
To make sure I can recommend you the most effective strategies to tackle your child’s nutrition I keep up with the latest research on feeding children through literature and participating in seminars on a weekly basis. Yes, I am a nutrition nerd!!
I have worked in food industries since I was 16 years old. I accumulate more than twenty years’ experience in the food additives industry, with also a Bachelor degree in Industrial Chemistry and in Food Technology. I have large experience as a recipe developer and as a food taster.
I can answer all your questions about packaged foods, food labels, health claims, how foods are manufactured etc. Also come up with recipes that are simple and affordable, yet delicious and nutritious.
With qualifications as an Early Childhood Educator, I have been working in childcare for 7 years with formal understanding of children's development in all domains (cognitive, emotional, physical, language and social).
Even though I don’t know your child as well as you do, I can predict how they’re going to behave when you implement my recommendations. So, I make sure we do it as smoothly as possible. Because, you’re tired of drama, right? 😉
To the technical knowledge and experience, add passion and commitment to a job I consider more important than myself, and you have the ideal professional to guide you and your family on a journey to a healthy relationship with food.
"My approach is holistic, considering science, public health guidelines, family cultural background and ethical values, household routine, child's preferences and needs.
I say this because I don't think it's fair to criticise the hard work parents do in feeding their children, and lecture them on scientific research and guidelines without acknowledging their level of understanding of all aspects involved.
So, families that work with me can feel supported, not judged.
I strive to keep my approach gentle and yet effective.
Don't be shy to approach me. I'm an encourager."
Book a FREE Discovery Chat with me today. We will have a 20 minutes chat where you will tell me what your concerns are regarding your child's nutrition and I will tell you how we can work together to give you confidence to take control of it.
Dealing with fuss at every meal, every day, is tiring, draining, exhausting. It's even worse when you're not very sure about what to do about it. You can find general tips on the internet about how to tackle a fussy eater, but YOUR CHILD IS UNIQUE and not all tips may apply to them.
I can give you proper guidance that will address needs and issues specific to your child and household. We will work together to develop sustainable strategies to give your little one the best chance to overcome fussy eating now and grow into a healthy adult with a love for all foods.
What to expect from Overcoming Fussy Eating 1 Month Support?
- You will gain a better understanding of the issues involved (e.g. child's dietary needs vs. adult's expectations, food jags etc)
- You will learn strategies to handle challenging situations (e.g. food refusal, tantrums etc)
- You will be given a weekly report and action plan for guidance and reference
- You will be supported and reassured at every step of the way in our weekly sessions and via email/messages
You can do this and I can help you!
Your journey out of tantrum and into control with confidence starts with a call.
In-depth assessment + 1 hour action plan development session + 4x 30mins weekly follow up sessions.
NDIS participants may be covered, depending on their plan.
My Fussy Eater Village is your virtual “village” that will help you raise a competent eater.
They don’t teach you everything you need to know about feeding children at “Mum's School”! Wait a minute… there isn’t a Mum's School... you’ve been learning how to raise yours as you go… and I know it feels lonely way too often! But we are going to change that, at least in the feeding department! And that’s a big one!!
Join My Fussy Eater Village and have:
1. Monthly 30 minutes Masterclass with Fern (topic of the month)
2. Weekly 30 minutes group Q&A sessions with Fern
3. Full access to recordings of the above
4. Private Facebook group access for ongoning support and interaction with other mums - discussions are monitored and mediated by Fern
5. Access to additional resources: podcast, videos, articles, charts, fact sheets etc
Valued at A$600*/month for non-members. *Australian dollar
No lock-ins. Cancel anytime. Note: cancelation will stop billing from the next cycle. You will continue to enjoy access to all resources until the end of your paid cycle.
Worldwide (except USA).
Your little human gives you a hard time at the dinner table and you want to address it, but are not sure about what approach would work for you and for them.
This recording will give you an idea about how I work and will help you get started in walking your way out of drama!
Learn strategies I've been using over the years to help families handle dinner with a fussy eater:
- Understand parents' and children's responsibilities at mealtimes
- Learn tips to get set for a fuss-free meal
- Suggestions on what to do and say at mealtimes, and
- How to handle food refusal
Watch it on mute - it comes with subtitles - so you don't wake up the children!
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Informative and interactive get-together where we can exchange knowledge on several early childhood nutrition topics: challenging (aka fussy) eating, dietary daily needs, gut health, allergies and intolerances, cooking...
Perfect for Childcare and Preschool settings (staff and families) and Play Groups. Face-to-face or online.
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Five small, but powerful changes you can do in a few days to start walking your way out of fuss at the dining table.
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I'm a single dad and I can put a lunch in a lunchbox. But, what I can't do for myself is bounce around my own ideas, or easily find healthier or cheaper substitutes. Things I was staying awake thinking about were things like whether my kids had eaten enough, whether they had the right diet long term. Fern really helped with that.
G. S., Leura
I attended Fern's online talk, Food Adverse Reactions in Young Children. As an early childhood educator, I found it to be thorough and informative. Her presentation is coherent and engaging; a good blend of being scholarly and practical. I recommend listening to this talk and approaching Fern for any information and advice you may need regarding nutrition, food allergies, or any associated food issues.
Bettina LeGras, Leura
"I found our session with Fern enlightening. I thought I was fairly knowledgeable when it came to diet, nutrition and food intolerances, but there was so much more to learn. My kids sat in on the session and were thoroughly engaged by the discussion too. We all came away with knowledge and understanding we did not have previously, plus lots of new lunch box and meal ideas. It was a valuable experience."
Eloise Short, Katoomba
A tertiary qualified nutritionist is able to provide a range of evidence-based nutrition services related to personal nutrition, public health nutrition, policy and research, and community health. It’s important to note that the term nutritionist is not regulated in Australia. Therefore, this title may be used by dietitians, nutrition scientists and nutrition graduates – but also those with very limited qualifications in nutrition. It’s important to check a nutritionist’s qualifications and their affiliations/associations with scientific organisations to make sure you’re having reliable advice.
A nutritionist can provide expert nutrition advice and education - so can a dietitian. A dietitian can, additionally, prescribe dietary treatments for many conditions such as diabetes, food allergies, cancer, gastro-intestinal diseases and obesity.
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I’m an expert in challenging eating (aka fussy eating) in children aged one to 12 years.
In most cases, not. I mostly work with the adults, parents/caregivers, in order to educate, guide and reassure them so they can make meaningful changes to the child’s eating and diet.
Changes take time and must be done gently for the wellbeing of the child, respecting their personal pace and needs.
Absolutely, depending on what the issue is and your level of understanding of the issue.
To overcome fussy eating, it’s necessary a proper understanding of the issue, and, proper application of the strategies – these take time to be implemented effectively. Therefore, it is unusual that the issue can be properly addressed in a one-off consultation.
You can contact me to book a Discovery Chat which is a 20 minutes conversation - phone or internet - totally free of charge. In this conversation I ask you to describe what your concerns are and I will explain what type of help I can provide and how.
Some private health insurance policies cover “allied health services” which nutrition is usually listed under. If you want to claim my services from your private health insurance, check with your insurance company before you book with me to make sure this service will be covered. Medicare rebates are not currently available.
Yes, if you are a self-managed or plan-managed NDIS participant and my services align with your goals. If you are unsure, check with your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or Early Childhood, Early Intervention (ECEI) coordinator.
For both of us to be fully committed with the plan we agree upon, it is important that the payment is done in full up front. This way, you lock me in to deliver the program to you and I can expect to have your full commitment to follow it through. 😊