Food and nutrition guidelines

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These guidelines are produced by the Department of Health and Children that assist pre-schools in providing healthy food. They also help in creating an environment that promotes positive attitudes to eating and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Good nutrition and healthy eating habits build a healthy foundation for children.

They are relevant to pre-school children aged 0-5 years and are intended as a resource and guide for all relevant stakeholders which include carers, parents and pre-school inspectors.


The guidelines are divided into sections giving clear and simple information on each relevant subject matter: 

Section 1: Children less than one year old

Section 2: Children from 1 to 5 years old

Section 3:

  • Fussy eaters
  • Dental health
  • Food storage and preparation
  • Food and kitchen hygiene

Section 4: Healthy Eating Policy (PDF)


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