Eligible working families whose children will be aged between 9 and 23 months old on 31 August can now apply to receive 15 hours childcare starting from September 2024.

Find out more information on the Childcare Choices website

Early Years

Nutrition and Legislation

Nutrition and Legislation

Healthy Eating in the Early Years

The community nutritionist works as part of the wider Dietetics and Nutrition team to help ensure best practice in food provision in the community. They support Early Years childcare providers with Food menu planning, Snack ideas, Fussy eating, Special educational needs.

More information around healthy eating can be found on the BFIS website

NHS - The Eatwell Guide

Guidance for Oral Health in the Early Years

Oral health in an early years setting

Oral health in early years settings

Healthy eating - an oral health guide

Taking care of teeth and gums

Caring for 3-year-olds teeth 


Nursery Milk Scheme

The Nursery Milk Scheme enables:

  • Children under 5 to receive free of charge 189 ml (1/3 pint) of milk for each day they attend approved early years childcare provider for 2 hours or more.
  • Babies aged under 12 months may instead receive dried baby milk made up to 189ml (1/3 pint).

Early years childcare providers who have been approved to supply milk under the scheme can be reimbursed the cost of the milk they supply.

More information on registering to join the scheme

Frequently asked questions around the Nursery Milk Scheme

To contact the Nursery Milk Scheme:

Phone: 0800 612 9448


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