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Primary Education: Nutrition

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidance providers of healthy eating his Department has issued to Early Years settings. (255638)

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets quality standards for learning and care for all settings looking after children aged from birth to five. This makes clear that where children are provided with a meal, snacks and drinks, these must be healthy, balanced and nutritious.

Supporting guidance offers a range of information on diet and nutrition for children in the early years, and refers providers to other relevant sources such as the DCSF guidance on Healthy School Lunches for pupils in Nursery Schools and the Food Standards Agency website which provides information on age-appropriate nutrition for young children.