To support early years providers to understand and implement the changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, the Department for Education (DfE) have set up the ‘Help for Early Years Providers’ service.
Tragically, a child dies in the UK every month from choking and hundreds more require hospital treatment. The EYFS framework requires providers to take all necessary steps to keep children safe and well. Early years practitioners must be confident that those responsible for preparing and handling food in their setting are competent to do so.
To support this, DfE have developed a new food safety resource on the ‘Help for Early Years Providers’ service with advice on safe weaning, foods to avoid, how to prepare food safely to avoid choking and preparing food hygienically.
The new service is currently in a testing phase and is subject to change following user feedback. Further content is planned to be added to the website over time with additional content to be decided based on user feedback. You can provide feedback by completing this survey.
Vicky Ford, Minister for Children and Families and Jo Churchill, Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care have written an open letter to all early years providers which pulls together some important advice and guidance on support for children’s health and wellbeing.