Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements

Food and Drink

Encouraging children to eat well means starting early and inspiring them to make healthier food choices, teaching them how to cook and enjoy eating good, healthy food. We know that when children eat better, they do better. Below are some resources that you can use to encourage children to eat well.


Example menus for early year settings in England – Part 1
Guidance to support healthier food provision in early years settings in line with current government dietary recommendations, a series of example menus and associated guidance have been developed. This resource provides two three-week example menus for early years settings in England. It helps illustrate the types and amounts of food and drink that can be offered to meet the nutritional requirements of infants and children aged 6 month – 4 years.

Example menus for early year settings in England – Part 2
This resource provides two three-week example menus for early years settings in England.

Changes to food allergen information rules
Food Standard Agency Information – From 13th December 2014, all food businesses will need to provide information about the allergenic ingredients used in food sold or provided by them.

Government packed lunch advice
The UK government produced packed lunch guidance to support the implementation of new school food standards for school lunches and ensure that all children benefit from eating quality food during the school day.


Useful Websites

Find out more about food and drink in the early years. Have a look at some of the links below: