Eating well in the early years
Eating well is essential for children in their early years. You can find information about eating well in the first year in our Infant & New Mums section. Children from 1-4 years old need to eat well to establish good eating patterns, ensure they grow and develop appropriately, to protect their teeth and to ensure they arrive in school at a healthy body weight able to enjoy a variety of minimally processed foods.
We have a range of resources to support eating well in the early years. We have a resource to support infants and children on a vegan diet and resources which provides ideas for packed lunches for children aged 1-4 years and considers Good food choices and portion sizes for 1-4 year olds. Our recipe book provides examples of simple, cost-effective nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy with portion size information for adults, schools aged children, 1-4 year olds and infants. We also have some additional information to support early years setting in encouraging a sustainable approach to their food. We also have some posters that can be downloaded which provide a simple guide to eating well for infants and under 5s.