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All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.

The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

Healthy eating in early years settings

GOV.UK- Example menus for early years settings in England

Foundation Years- Eat Better, Start Better

Physical activity

NHS- Physical activity guidelines for children (under 5 years)

NHS Start 4 Life- Baby moves

Inspection handbook

GOV.UK- Early years inspection handbook

Oral health promotion

NICE- Oral health improvement for local authorities and their partners

Managing infectious diseases

The following resources from Public Health England are suitable to be displayed in settings and used by staff to manage infectious diseases:


It is incredibly important to be aware of safety issues with regards to children under 5. Developmentally, they will take risks, and there will be bumps and falls that we are unable to prevent, however it is essential to ensure that all environments are safe in order to prevent harm and reduce the risks of unintentional injuries occurring.

Public Health England and The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) have created a guide for all staff working with children under five years on preventing unintentional injuries.

You can also purchase and download the CAPT One Step Ahead poster for your setting here.

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Page last reviewed: 20-02-2024

Next review due: 20-02-2027