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The Children’s Food Trust in partnership with 4children have created three new resources for early years settings to help them promote and support healthy eating, produce and share allergen information and catering for special dietary requirements, these resources are free to download from the Children’s Food Trust website from here

Promoting and supporting healthy eating – A guide for early years settings in England: Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework includes a judgment on personal development, behaviour and welfare. As part of reaching this judgment, inspectors will look at the extent to which early years settings successfully support and encourage children and their parents/carers to gain “knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy,” and “evidence of a whole setting approach to healthy eating”. This best practice guidance has been developed in partnership with 4children to help early years settings adopt and demonstrate a whole setting approach to healthy eating.

Producing and sharing allergen information – A guide for early years settings in England: this factsheet explains the new allergen labelling requirements, which were introduced in December 2014. It outlines the changes and provides information about how early years settings can meet them.

Catering for special dietary requirements: A guide for early years settings in England: this factsheet outlines the legal requirements and best practice for early years settings when providing food and drinks for children with allergies, intolerances and other special dietary requirements.

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