The Early Years Nutrition Partnership (EYN Partnership) is an independent social enterprise created as a Community Interest Company. It has been created in partnership with the Early Years Alliance, the British Nutrition Foundation and Danone Early Life Nutrition.
Our independent social enterprise model creates a unique partnership between expert organisations and is based on a foundation of strong governance. Both the Board and the Expert Panel help to ensure all EYN Partnership information and advice is evidence-based, impartial and current and that the organisation operates with integrity and transparency in all activities.
The EYN Partnership is currently funded by Danone Early Life Nutrition and the Danone Ecosystem Fund with the aim of being a financially sustainable social enterprise within three to four years.
Danone’s Ecosystem Fund was created in 2009 to support long term locally-led initiatives with positive social, environmental and business impacts. As of today, this fund has led to the creation of 63 projects in 28 countries. The EYN Partnership is currently the sole UK beneficiary of the Fund.
The EYN Partnership’s strategy has been developed to deliver demonstrable and sustainable social change which will be assessed by a rigorous evaluation and measurement framework. We will measure our success against a number of outcomes relating to children’s knowledge of food and drink, early years practitioners’ knowledge, skills and confidence in raising nutritional standards in settings and parental and carer knowledge and engagement in food and nutrition provision.
Supporting social change
We know that the challenges of providing young children with the nutrition they need can be harder to overcome in areas of high social deprivation. That’s why the EYN Partnership is committed to supporting settings within these communities through subsidised access to our services. Our ambition is for at least 10% of registered settings to benefit from this subsidised access to the EYN Partnership.