A number of organisations provide publications and resources related to Eating well in the early years. This section contains a selection of publications and resources that you may find useful and that come from organisations that are not funded by commercial interests.
Organisations for vegans and vegetarians
(Vegetarians International Voice for Animals)
National Breastfeeding Helpline
T: 0300 100 0212
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
T: 0300 330 5453
The Breastfeeding Network
T: 0300 100 0210
Bengali and Sylheti: 0300 456 2421
Tamil, Telegu and Hindi: 0300 330 5469
La Leche League GB
Helpline: 0845 120 2918
National Childbirth Trust
T: 0300 33 00 700
Useful websites and publications
British Dietetic Association Paediatric Group
Feeding the Vegetarian Child
Food for the Growing Years
Help – My Child Won't Eat!
Help My Child Gain Weight
My Child Still Won't Eat
Children's Food Trust
Voluntary food and drink guidelines for early years settings in England. A practical guide.
First Steps Nutrition Trust
Eating well for a healthy pregnancy
Eating well in pregnancy: A guide to support teenagers
Eating well for new mums
Infant milks in the UK
Making the most of Healthy Start: A practical guide
Eating well sustainably: A guide for early years settings
Food for Life Partnership Early Years Award
Food Standards Agency
The Food Standards Agency provides a range of resources about food safety and hygiene. These are available to download at www.food.gov.uk/about-us/publications/safetyandhygiene
This website provides information about the HealthyStart scheme in the UK. It also provides food and health tips for pregnant women and families with young children, and information about vitamin use.
The NHS Choices website contains information for vegetarians and vegans.
NHS Health Scotland/Scottish Government
An NHS Scotland website providing up-to-date information, resources and support for practitioners working with or supporting pregnant women and families with young children.
Breastfeeding. The Feedgoodfactor
A website with practical information about breastfeeding.
Ready, Steady, Baby
A website covering the time from the decision to have a baby, through pregnancy and birth, and up until your baby is 12 months.
Ready, Steady, Toddler!
A website and apps for families.
Nutritional Guidance for Early Years: Food Choices for Children Aged 1-5 Years in Early Education and Childcare Settings
Available to download from www.scotland.gov.uk
Adventures in Foodland
Nutrition resource aimed at carers of pre-school children, especially carers of very young children in the 0-3 year old age group.
For more information see www.healthscotland.com
Is Your Child a Fussy Eater?
Leaflet. Available from www.healthscotland.com
Getting a Good Start – Healthy Eating from One to Five (2004)
This booklet outlines advice on many key nutritional issues for children aged 1-5.
Nutrition Matters for the Early Years – Guidance for Feeding Under Fives in the Childcare Setting (2005)
Healthy habits for baby and you
Free to all pregnant women through their GP or midwife.
Available from: www.nhs.uk/start4life/Documents/PDFs/Start4Life-Healthy_Habits.pdf
Guide to sustainable food.
Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
T: 020 7375 6052
The Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative website contains useful information and advice on all aspects of breastfeeding. It also provides free access to research on infant feeding including on topics such as breastfeeding and breast cancer; breastfeeding and tongue tie; and breastfeeding and allergy.
Bump, Baby & Beyond
A book with information on pregnancy, birth and intothe toddler years. Available from www.bumpbabyandbeyond.wales.nhs.uk
Food and Health Guidelines for Early Years and Childcare Settings (2009)
Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes
Feeding Your Vegan Infant with Confidence
Finger Food for Babies and Toddlers
Plant-based Nutrition and Health
A pack to help parents manage fussy eating and encouraging young children to try new vegetables.
Available for sale from http://fbs.me.uk
Vegetarian and Vegan Mother and Baby Guide
Juliet Gellatley and Rose Elliot
Who to ask for advice
In the UK, registered dietitians (RD) and registered nutritionists (public health) are the professionals qualified to provide advice and training on good nutrition in public settings.
Registered dietitians can be found through the website www.freelancedietitians.co.uk
Registered public health nutritionists can be found through the Association for Nutrition at