These documents can be downloaded for Early Years

Buy hard copy resources

If you'd like to buy hard copies of the following resources then simply download, complete and return the order form here:

  • The Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings in England – A Practical Guide
  • Autumn/winter menu and recipes for early years settings
  • Spring/summer menu and recipes for early years settings
  • Any combination of all three early years books
  • Food label cards

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Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings in England - A Practical Guide

The guide is designed for all early years providers and practitioners providing meals, snacks or drinks to children aged one to five years. All regulated providers are encouraged to use this guide, regardless of the amount of time children spend in the settings. Non-regulated settings, like parent and toddler groups, are also encouraged to use this guide when planning and providing food and drink for children. Click here to buy hard copies or click download for electronic versions.

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Autumn or winter menus and recipes for early years settings

Our two seasonal one-week menus and recipes which meet the voluntary food and drink guidelines. They illustrate the types and amounts of food and drink that can be provided to meet the nutritional requirements of children aged one to five years. Click here to buy hard copies or click download for electronic versions.

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Spring or summer menus and recipes for early years settings

Our two seasonal one-week menus and recipes which meet the voluntary food and drink guidelines. They illustrate the types and amounts of food and drink that can be provided to meet the nutritional requirements of children aged one to five years.

Click here to buy hard copies or click download for electronic versions.

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Healthy packed lunches and free school meals

A practical guide for parents and carers. Find out what Universal Free School Meals mean for your child and information for you to provide a healthy packed lunch every day.

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Catering for special dietary requirements

This factsheet outlines the legal requirements and best practice for early years settings when providing food and drinks for children with allergies, intolerances and other special dietary requirements.

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Promoting and supporting healthy eating - a guide for early years settings in England

Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework includes a judgement on personal development, behaviour and welfare. As part of reaching this judgement, inspectors will look at the extent to which early years settings successfully support and encourage children and their parents/carers to gain “knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy,” and “evidence of a whole setting approach to healthy eating”. This best practice guidance has been developed in partnership with 4children to help early years adopt and demonstrate a whole setting approach to healthy eating.

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Producing and sharing allergen information

This factsheet explains the current allergen labelling requirements which were introduced in December 2014, it outlines the changes and provides information how early years settings can meet them.

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