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Example menus for early years settings in England published

Public Health England have published example menus and useful guidance for early years settings to help meet the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements for food and drink. PACEY helped develop the guidance and sample menus to support requests from members for more support in their settings, highlighting the importance of good early nutrition.

Minister for Children and Families Robert Goodwill said:

"A good early education is vital to set every child on the path to fulfilling their full potential, and getting healthy, balanced food during the day is an important part of high-quality childcare."

"Providers can use these menus to create appealing meals for young eaters - which any parent with small children knows can be a challenge. I have seen for myself what an important role caterers and kitchen staff have in the settings I’ve been able to visit, so I’m pleased that these new resources can now help them in their work."

Read full press release.

PACEY's Chief Executive, Liz Bayram comments:

“PACEY helped to develop the guidance and sample menus because we know our members recognise the importance of good early nutrition and have said they want more help and advice on how to provide this to the children in their care. So we are delighted the guidance has finally been issued but recognise it will only go so far in improving children’s early nutrition. This is because many settings face the implementation challenges of 30 hours of funded childcare. This funding doesn’t include the cost of meals and snacks and, whilst some settings are providing these freely, many are having to charge families. Some families facing financial constraints could be forced to choose a packed lunch instead, an option that evidence suggest is less nutritious than a regular cooked meal.”

Download example menus and useful guidance. Find further nutrition guidance from PACEY in our nutrition spotlight