About the Early Years Nutrition Partnership

The Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYN Partnership) is working to improve the future health outcomes of young children by setting a standard for nutrition practice in early years settings.


The Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYN Partnership) is an independent social enterprise* created in partnership with the Pre-school Learning Alliance, the British Nutrition Foundation and Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition.

Unique and central to the EYN Partnership is the provision of ‘hands-on’ help for early years settings, delivered by a network of nutrition professionals (Registered Nutritionists and Dietitians) with experience in the early years. The nutrition professionals will work alongside settings in their local area to improve their nutrition practice, supporting them on their journey to improve and enhance their whole setting approach to nutrition practice. The support provided by the local nutrition professional will be tailored and nuanced towards the demographic of each particular setting and community in which it operates, in recognition of the fact that each early years setting is different and faces different challenges. The EYN Partnership will charge an annual subscription fee to access its wide range of support, resources and services. 

Each of the nutrition professionals working for EYN Partnership is either a Registered Nutritionist or Dietitian, with at least a bachelor’s degree in a nutritional or dietetic science and experience in early years nutrition. Registered Nutritionists and Dietitians are bound by the Association for Nutrition and the British Dietetic Association respectively to maintain continuing professional development and follow standards of ethics, conduct and performance.This means that our nutrition professionals will always be up to date with recommended guidance and practice. Occasionally, we will have a nutrition professional join the EYN Partnership with the same experience and qualification, but who is currently undergoing the registration process. Our dietitians are also degree-educated, registered with the BDA, with at least three years experience of working in the early years.

To ensure that our nutritional standards are suitable for the early years evaluation framework, a key part of our strategy is to ensure that the EYN Partnership resources fully support the nutritional requirements of Ofsted. 

If you are a Local Authority interested in or already developing an Early Years Nutrition programme specific to your needs, please get in touch to discuss how we can work together. 

* The Early Years Nutrition Partnership is in the process of being converted from a Limited Company to a Community Interest Company. This conversion should be completed by 30th June 2016


The Board

Each member of the EYN Partnership Board is a leader in their field and brings with them a wealth of experience in the area of early years nutrition. It is their role to advise and guide EYN Partnership strategy, drawing from the strength of their knowledge, direct experience and understanding of the issues.

  • Neil Leitch, EYN Partnership Chair

    Neil Leitch, EYN Partnership Chair

    Chief Executive of the Pre‑school Learning Alliance, which supports more than 800,000 children and their families in England through its membership of more than 14,000 day nurseries, sessional pre‑schools, and childminders.

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  • Professor Judith Buttriss BSc DipDiet PhD RNutr FAfN 

    Professor Judith Buttriss BSc DipDiet PhD RNutr FAfN 

    Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation, a registered charity providing impartial, evidence-based information on food and nutrition. The charity's core purpose is to make nutrition science accessible to all.

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  • June O'Sullivan

    June O'Sullivan

    Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation, a social enterprise, which has 38 community nurseries across some of London’s most disadvantaged areas.

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  • Danone Ecosysteme
  • British Nutrition Foundation
  • Pre-school Learning Alliance