Healthy eating

Food and nutrition guidelines

Produced by the Public Health Agency to assist childminders and staff in day nurseries, playgroups and crèches in providing healthy food.

Healthy eating policies

Sample policy guidelines from Early Years Northern Ireland that can be used by all early childhood care and education providers.

Minimum Childcare Standards

The Minimum Standards for Day Care and Childminding for Children under Age 12 provided by the Health and Social Care Board and endorsed by the DHSSPS have been developed to ensure a regional approach to inspections and registration in services.

Menu plans and snacks

A sample menu from the PHA provides an example of how a child's daily nutritional requirements could be met.

Healthy breaks

The PHA has produced guidance that explains why a healthy break is so important for pre-school children and some tips and ideas for healthy nutritious breaks.

Serving size guide

The Caroline Walker Trust  evidence based report which provide nutritional and practical guidelines to encourage eating well among specific vulnerable population groups. 

Fussy eating

Some helpful tips from safefood and the PHA to help overcome fussy eaters.

Healthy snacks and food swaps

Children have small stomachs so they require food at regular intervals. Healthy snacks provide key nutrients and energy for the growing child. safefood have some suggestions.

Special occasions

In a big service, it can feel like a constant round of birthdays and keeping the food treats to a minimum can be challenging. safefood have some suggestions for enjoying celebrations without overdoing it.