Nurseries: Food

Department for Education written question – answered on 28th September 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will take steps to provide all children in nurseries with access to (a) nutritious and (b) hot meals every day.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Minister of State (Education)

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework requires that where children are provided with meals, snacks and drinks, they must be healthy, balanced and nutritious. This is set out at Section 3.38, which also refers to example menus and guidance designed specifically for early years settings.

The EYFS statutory framework can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2.

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