Pre-school Education: Food

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th February 2018.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will extend the statutory school food standards to all early-year settings.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Early Years Foundation Stage framework welfare requirement is that where food and drink is provided by early years settings, this must be ‘healthy, balanced and nutritious’. We have recently published example menus and guidance to help early years settings meet this requirement, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/example-menus-for-early-years-settings-in-england. Maintained nursery schools and nursery units within primary schools must continue to meet the mandatory food-based standards for school lunches.

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