This is an excellent link and I wish I’d found it sooner. It explains the guidelines for food and drink for the Early Years Foundation Stage (ages 1- 5 years old).
Interestingly, it contradicts what my health visitor said about providing vitamin supplements for children under five years old. Good thing I didn’t pay any attention to her about it!
The Practical Guide that you can download below also gives recommendations for meals, portion sizes, what is classified as a portion of fruit or vegetables for a young child, how much they should be eating at each meal and details of how to read and understand food labeling. It also provides some great ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
There’s an awful lot in the guidelines as it’s not just for parents and carers but it gives a very comprehensive explanation about food and drink guidelines for young children.
Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings in England – A Practical Guide: Click here to download