Becoming an EYN Partnership setting

As an EYN Partnership registered setting an annual subscription fee will give you access to the expertise of a dedicated nutrition professional, tailored support and staff training. You will immediately receive a certificate to display, showing that you have committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the young children in your care through signing up to the EYN Partnership. The EYN Partnership offers core services (available through annual subscription) and expanded services (paid for services offered in addition to our core offering):

Once registered with the EYN Partnership you will be allocated a dedicated nutrition professional (either a registered nutritionist or dietitian). Each of the nutrition professionals working for EYN Partnership has at least a bachelor’s degree in a nutritional or dietetic science and specific experience in early years.

Your dedicated nutrition professional will work alongside you to improve your nutrition practice, supporting you on their journey. Support 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 offers a range of training to up-skill and empower your team with nutrition knowledge and skills tailored to the early years. This can help to build confidence amongst your team, encourage individuals to develop an area of expertise and leadership in nutrition, and motivate staff to share knowledge and develop nutrition initiatives.

Options for training include:

Level 3 CACHE award unit - Promote nutrition and hydration in early years and childcare settings.

Level 2 CACHE award unit - Preparing meals to meet current nutritional standards in an early years setting.

Or face to face, interactive training workshops for members of your team.

Your annual subscription fee will include a core offering of face to face training. Our full range of face to face and CACHE training options can be accessed for an additional fee, allowing you to create a tailor-made training programme to meet the specific needs of your team, your setting and your budget.

The EYN Partnership Quality Mark allows you to seek accreditation for your setting, to show parents and carers that you are working toward delivering high nutritional standards for children in your care, supported by evidence-based information.

As soon as you become a registered setting with the EYN Partnership you will be given ‘Committed’ status and promotional 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.

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. Designed to support you in your accreditation journey, they offer clear, evidence-based information on the nutritional needs of young children, including those with specific dietary requirements. The guidance helps you put your knowledge into practice and supports your whole setting approach, helping to make small changes to your eating environment, education around food, and your engagement with parents.

Once registered with the EYN Partnership programme, you will be able to access additional, paid for services from your local nutrition professional. You can access the services that are most suited to the unique needs of your setting, including additional training packages, one-to-one support for specific staff or the delivery of bespoke classes for parents, children or your practitioners.

To access the benefits of becoming an EYN Partnership registered setting there is an annual subscription fee. If your early years setting is interested in registering with the EYN Partnership, contact us for full details of subscription costs.