January 2024 - New childcare offer for eligible working parents of 2 year olds

We are aware that some parents are experiencing difficulties with the application process for the new 2 year old funding offer, please do signpost them to HMRC Childcare Service helpline on 0300 123 4097 who will be able to advise.

Information can also be accessed through the Childcare Choices  website. As a Local Authority we have no authority on this process and currently have no additional information to that which has been published on Childcare Choices.

Early Years

Nutrition and Legislation

Nutrition and Legislation

Healthy Eating in the Early Years

The community nutritionist works as part of the wider Dietetics and Nutrition team to help ensure best practice in food provision in the community. They support Early Years childcare providers with Food menu planning, Snack ideas, Fussy eating, Special educational needs.

More information around healthy eating can be found on the BFIS website

NHS - The Eatwell Guide

Guidance for Oral Health in the Early Years

Oral health in an early years setting

Oral health in early years settings

Healthy eating - an oral health guide

Taking care of teeth and gums

Caring for 3-year-olds teeth 


Nursery Milk Scheme

The Nursery Milk Scheme enables:

  • Children under 5 to receive free of charge 189 ml (1/3 pint) of milk for each day they attend approved early years childcare provider for 2 hours or more.
  • Babies aged under 12 months may instead receive dried baby milk made up to 189ml (1/3 pint).

Early years childcare providers who have been approved to supply milk under the scheme can be reimbursed the cost of the milk they supply.

More information on registering to join the scheme

Frequently asked questions around the Nursery Milk Scheme

To contact the Nursery Milk Scheme:

Phone: 0800 612 9448


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