The “EYN Partnership” project helps professional nurses establish their own business and deliver a ‘Quality Standard’ for early life nutrition in nursery settings.
Childhood obesity is one of the UK’s biggest public health challenges. It has been described by the country’s Secretary of State for Health as a “national emergency”, with one in five children being either overweight or obese when they start school.
With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Nutricia UK and its local partner Pre‑school Learning Alliance co-created the “EYN Partnership” program, which provides parents with ‘hands-on’ help by a network of nutrition professionals (Registered Nutritionists and Dietitians). It aims to further build the competencies of nutrition professionals to enable them to establish their own networks parents in their local areas. These professionals can seek accreditation with the "EYN Partnership Quality Mark", and upskill their practitioners with a Level 3 CACHE award in nutrition and hydration in the early years.
The "EYN Partnership" is working to improve the future health outcomes of young children by setting a standard for nutrition practice in early years. Integral to this model is a commitment to support communities with high need. The goal is to provide every child under 5-years-old in England with access to expert nutritional support. in the future, every child in England aged under five will have access to expert nutrition support within their early years setting.
The project was handed over in 2019 and is now independent.
Nutrition professionals trained on children's specific needs
Children benefiting from adapted menus