Why early years nutrition is so important

The early years of a child’s life really matter when it comes to lifelong health. What they eat, and the habits they develop around food when they’re young, set the pattern for the rest of their lives.


Nurturing their growing understanding of food

We know that the food children eat, and the habits they develop around food in their early years, set the pattern for the rest of their lives. We also know that the amount of time children spend in childcare has increased due to the pressures of modern life and the need for parents to juggle work and family commitments. The important role of early years settings in providing the right nutrition and laying the foundations of a healthy habits is therefore greater than ever – to provide children with the best possible start in life and give parents confidence in the care their children receive.



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



Our EYN Partnership Quality Mark will help identify the early years settings that are meeting appropriate standards. Find out more about our Quality Mark award here.


Practical support for providing young children with the right nutrition

The EYN Partnership regularly posts new blogs full of practical advice and tips for early years practitioners and parents, to help you provide the young children in your care with the food they need and instil healthy habits to last a lifetime.

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