Fifty Key Messages – Fun recipes to make together

(From Tusla’s Parenting24Seven website)

Check out some easy snacks to make with your child, Brown bread ice cream, sweet potato crisps and chunky oatmeal drops.

Remember these are treats so a little every now and then!

Brown bread ice cream

(Suitable for vegetarians) 

This ice-cream is a novel way of including wholegrain into your kid’s diet and giving them a treat too!


110g / 4 oz. of wholemeal breadcrumbs
110g / 4 oz. of dark brown sugar
2 medium eggs
290ml / ½ pint of double cream
150ml / 5½ fl oz. of single cream
2 drops of vanilla essence


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas mark 6
  2. Leave the breadcrumbs to dry out in the oven for around 15 minutes or so.
  3. Mix the sugar in with the breadcrumbs and bring back to the oven for another 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven, allow the mix to cool.
  5. Crush the sweetened crumbs together with the back of a spoon.
  6. Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
  7. Beat the yolks and mix in with the cream and the crumb mix.
  8. Whisk the egg whites until they are slightly stiff.
  9. Fold the whites into the mix and freeze in an airtight plastic container

Serving Suggestions

Serve with some fresh or tinned fruit like strawberries or raspberries.

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Sweet potato crisps

(suitable for vegetarians)

Kids will love these and they make a great alternative to crisps for a Halloween party!


500g / 17½ oz. of sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas mark 4.
  2. Peel a sweet potato and cut into very thin slices using a potato slicer or a sharp knife.
  3. Put the sweet potato slices in a bowl and add two tablespoons of vegetable oil.
  4. Get those little hands to mix the sweet potato slices and vegetable oil.
  5. Put tin-foil on the bottom of a baking tray and lay the sweet potato slices out on it.
  6. Roast in oven for 10 to 15 minutes until crispy and then serve

Serving Suggestions

Serve hot or cold. Add more flavour to your crisps by lightly sprinkling them with spices before placing in the oven.

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Chunky oatmeal drops

(Suitable for vegetarians)

These cookies contain no added sugar as the sweetness comes from all the fruit! They also contain lots of whole-grains that release their energy slowly.


180g / 6 oz. of oat flour
40g / 1.5 oz. of oats
30g / 1 oz. of whole wheat flour
65g / 2.5 oz. of pineapple juice
1½ teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
60g / 2 oz. of chopped walnuts
75g / 2.5 oz. of sultanas
2 tablespoons of water
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
85g / 3 oz. of honey
165g / 8 oz. can of pineapple chunks, in own juice


  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC / 350ºF / Gas Mark 4.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, blend all the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl combine water, vanilla essence, honey and pineapple.
  4. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir.  Place spoonful’s onto a greased baking sheet.
  5. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool on a wire rack

Serving Suggestions

This recipe works great with any type of fruit, dried or fresh, simply chop it up finely and add to the wet mixture before baking. Share these with friends to stop from munching on too many! Store in an airtight container.

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This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

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Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.


The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books ( and also on  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.


In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  


Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  


In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from

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