Hands-on help to nurture healthy habits

Does your setting believe in the importance of early years nutrition?

The Early Years Nutrition Partnership is an independent social enterprise led by a network of nutrition professionals (Registered Nutritionists and Dietitians) with experience in the early years. Like you, we know that the future outcomes and lifetime health of young children can be influenced by good nutrition practice early in their lives.

The EYN Partnership programme is designed to work for you whatever the needs of your setting.

EYN Partnership registration will give you access to a dedicated nutrition professional working with you in your setting to meet your needs, providing 'hands-on' help and support on your journey to improve and enhance your whole setting approach to nutrition practice.

The support provided by your local nutrition professional will be tailored and nuanced towards the demographic of your setting and the community in which you operate, because we recognise that all early years settings are different and face different challenges.

The EYN Partnership resources have been developed using the expertise of the British Nutrition Foundation and the Pre-school Learning Alliance with guidance from the EYN Partnership Expert Panel.

By registering with the EYN Partnership programme you can support the wellbeing of the children in your setting, increase the knowledge of your practitioners and enhance your reputation for providing excellent food and wider nutrition practice.

Will you join us to help nurture a greater understanding of food, nutrition and healthy eating in the children you care for? Register your interest today. 

Training & Education

As part of the programme you will have access to expert training to upskill your team, delivered by your local nutrition professional. A range of half day face-to-face workshops can be delivered in your setting to the whole team, or individuals can be given the opportunity to study for a Level 3 CACHE award in nutrition and hydration in the early years.

Quality Mark

As part of the programme you will also be able to seek accreditation with the EYN Partnership Quality Mark. Perhaps you’re already doing enough to be accredited? Why not find out?  As soon as you subscribe to the EYN Partnership programme you will be given ‘Committed’ status and materials to show parents and carers that you are investing in their child’s health and wellbeing.

Once you have been assessed, you will receive accreditation at the appropriate level: ‘Accredited’, ‘Advanced’ or ‘Specialist’. If you choose to continue your EYN Partnership journey beyond initial accreditation, your dedicated nutrition professional will help you move to the next stage. ‘Specialist’ status is the top level, awarded to those who become innovators and display best practice within their setting. The decision to award ‘Specialist’ status to an individual setting will be validated by the EYN Partnership Expert Panel. 



The EYN Partnership will charge an annual subscription fee to access its wide range of support, resources and services. The annual subscription fee will cover access to a dedicated registered nutrition professional working with you in your setting providing ‘hands-on’ support to meet your needs, the opportunity to seek accreditation with the EYN Partnership Quality Mark and the option to upskill two members of your team by providing them with the opportunity to study for the Level 3 CACHE award in nutrition and hydration in the early years.

Within the EYN Partnership programme it will also be possible to access additional, paid for services from your local nutrition professional, either on a one-to-one basis or through  the delivery of bespoke classes for parents, children or your practitioners, depending on the unique needs of your setting.

To find out more about the EYN Partnership programme, learn when it is available in your region as well as regular news from our panel of experts, register here

Did you know?

Ofsted’s New Common Inspection Framework for all early years settings includes an assessment of personal development - supporting children to gain knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy, including through exercising and healthy eating. 

With EYN Partnership you can:

Demonstrate that you support the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework and are committed to serving the nutritional needs of the children you care for.

Did you know?

According to research 62% of parents cite ‘reputation’ as the main reason that they choose a childcare setting for pre-school children.*

* Department for Education: Childcare and early years survey of parents 2014-15 report. To read, click here 

With EYN Partnership you can:

  • Provide assurance to parents and carers of the excellence of your food provision and other nutrition related activities

  • Improve your relationships with parents and carers by providing feedback on their child’s eating and nutrition learning activities

  • Develop better communication with parents and carers by sharing information on healthy eating and lifestyle habits so that they can support these at home.

Our nutrition professionals are here to answer your questions

We want you to have the opportunity to pick the brains of our team of nutrition professionals (Registered Nutritionists and Registered Dietitians)

Ask any questions you have about early years nutrition, whatever they may be. Whether you are a parent, carer or an early years practitioner – we are here to support you!

We will reply to you personally by email, and we will be posting the most frequent asked questions here.

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