Response to the School Food Trust`s guidelines for food and drink provision in early years settings launched

The Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF) welcomes today’s launch of the School Food Trust’s voluntary guidelines for food and drink provision in early years settings.

Dr Atul Singhal, Professor of Paediatric Nutrition at the Institute of Child Health and Chair of the ITF, says: “The recommendations from the School Food Trust will support practitioners working in early years settings across England and help increase knowledge about managing feeding during this crucial stage of childhood development. However, toddlers’ eating habits are also hugely influenced at home so it is vital that families have easy access to simple, evidence-based advice. The ITF provides parents and carers with practical tips and tools to help them make the best choices when feeding toddlers and encourage positive attitudes to food.”

For more information and expert advice on how to feed toddlers well, see the ITF’s family website Little People’s Plates.

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