Department for Education publishes new example menus and guidance for early years settings

Today (Monday 13 November 2017), the Department for Education, Public Health England and the Department of Health have published downloadable example menus and guidance, to help early years settings in England to provide meals and snacks in line with current government dietary recommendations for infants and children aged six months to four years. The Food for Life Early Years programme is cited in the report for the support it offers early years settings to create more sustainable menus.

Early years settings may make use of these to inform and help them prepare healthy, balanced and nutritious meals, as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.

This guidance includes:

  • Expert advice on the types of foods to provide for breakfast, lunch, tea and snacks for children aged six months to four years
  • Two sets of three-week seasonal menus and recipes
  • Top-tips on meal planning

The guidance is available to download here

This guidance also forms a core strand of the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, which aims to improve children’s health and reduce childhood obesity over the next decade, working in partnership with local communities, the food industry, schools and the NHS.

The development of these example menus and guidance was informed by an External Reference Group. Members included Diana Hawdon, Food for Life’s Early Years & Care Settings Advisor.

Click here for more information on Food for Life’s work supporting early years settings.