Enrol your provider for the Early Years Programme (Step 1 of 6)

Enrol for the Food for Life Early Years Award scheme

The Food for Life Early Years Award is designed to help early years providers give babies and young children the best possible nutritional support at a critical stage of their development.

Award criteria and guidance is centred around four main areas:

  • Food Quality – this incorporates the Food for Life Served Here Award for food provision, which verifies compliance with the voluntary food and drink guidelines for early years. To meet this, your setting will need to serve food.
  • Food leadership
  • Food education
  • Community and partners

By joining up you'll receive lots of added benefits including:

  • An introduction pack full of useful information and resources
  • Access to our helpful support team
  • Access to training

Getting started
To complete your enrolment you will need certain information ready to hand. You many need to gather some of this ahead, so we have put together this printable checklist to help.

 Am I externally catered for? Am I catered for in-house? 
Does your local authority or a private catering company manage your kitchen or deliver hot meals to you? If so, then your nursery is externally catered for. To move through the different levels of the award, it is important your caterer is part of the Food for Life Served Here programme and that you are on their site list. If they are, you can pick the Awards package with Served Here option below and you will not need to complete the Food Quality section of the award as this will have been completed by your caterer.

If your external caterer is not part of Food for Life Served Here, email ffl@foodforlife.org.uk. to find out what your options are.
Does your nursery self-manage its catering service? Do you employ your own cook, create your own menus, and manage the ordering process? If so you’re an in-house catered nursery, and you will need to pick the Awards package with in-house catering below. You will need to complete the criteria in the Food Quality section of the award.

Still not sure? If you are still not sure, ask your nursery manager or contact our team on 0117 314 5180 or email ffl@foodforlife.org.uk.

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You may have entered some information incorrectly. Please check that all fields have been completed correctly and if you are still unable to register please contact our team on 0117 314 5180.
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Membership Package

£55 (+VAT) per year
Get a taste of the expert resources we can offer and find out what’s involved in achieving one of our awards before you upgrade to our Awards Package and apply. 

Awards Package

Packages start from only £299 (+VAT) for your first year. Please call or email us to find out more.
Our Awards Package gives you all the support and resources you need to apply for and achieve your Food for Life award.

Click here for full details of what's included in each package.