The food and drink provided for children in early years services should be balanced across each day. Children should eat regularly, with breakfast, lunch, tea, and two or three snacks provided each day.

This topic covers the practical arrangements relating to menu planning and the arrangement of meal and snack times in an early years service.

Further information about nutritional guidelines for children can be found in the Early Years Nutrition topic. Food hygiene and food preparation is covered in the Food Safety topic.

Employers' Duties

Early years service providers should:

  • ensure that any meals, snacks or drinks provided are healthy, balanced and nutritious

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