This page is for anyone who is responsible for the care of children under 5 years old in a daycare setting.
There are 3.91 million children under 5 currently living in the UK.
The first 5 years of life are a time of rapid and essential development, combined with growing activity levels. As a result of this, energy and nutrient requirements are higher in relation to these young children's body size. Although most people know that food is important to allow a child to increase in size, the first five years of a child’s life is also filled with both dramatic and incredibly fast brain development. This involves rapid learning of spoken vocabulary, memory, attention and concentration and emphasises the importance of adequate nutrition.
Identify dishes which are halal, kosher, vegetarian and vegan to ensure that nutritionally balanced menus are provided for those with cultural dietary requirements
Ensure that those requiring inclusion or exclusion of certain foods still receive a nutritionally balanced menu
Label and filter foods by their texture to create menus suitable for older people with Dysphagia and other swallowing difficulties who require a texture-specific diet. Ensure these individuals still receive adequate nutrition
Cater easily for those who are gluten-free or lactose intolerant, as well as those with specific food allergies
The information displayed on this page has been taken from NICE guidelines, NICE supported research and government websites