Early Years Awards Packages

Whether you’re just looking for fresh ideas or your nursery or children's centre wants to demonstrate that you’re serving up both fantastic food and imaginative food education, we have something for you.

If you are part of a wider group, please get in touch to discuss our group rates and find out more about how we can further support your settings through staff training.

Early Years Awards Package

If you want to show the wider world that you're doing fantastic work providing great food and food education, our Awards Package gives you all the support and resources you need to apply for and achieve your Food for Life Early Years award.

What it includes:

  • Ringbinder resource which includes comprehensive guidance, activities, laminated recipe cards and more

  • Online access to our full range of resources
  • We'll give you a welcome call to ensure you get off to the best possible start

  • Access to downloadable online seminars and the chance to join live 'ideas factories' hosted by our awards team

  • Certificate so you can display your achievements plus an invitation to our national award ceremony.

  • Exclusive online access to Jamie Oliver's Kitchen Garden Project resources

  • Personalised membership of our online community, including your own blog to share your achievements
  • Full access to our online application system, including supportive feedback on your submissions from our specialist team
  • Supportive on-site visit from an FFL expert every two or three years depending on your catering arrangements

Awards Package subscription fees:

Our awards package subscription fees are structured to reflect the support your school will need to achieve an award. If you have already subscribed to our Membership Package this will be deducted from your Awards Package subscription.

For more information, please see below or get in touch with a member of our team.

Settings with an external caterer

Where your local authority or private catering company manages your kitchen or delivers hot meals to you.

Three year subscription

The Awards Package cost for externally catered settings reflects that we require your caterer to hold the Food for Life Catering Mark in order for you to achieve the food quality section of your award. Find out more here.

Cost of a three year subscription

one off payment: £780 (+ VAT)

or three annual payments: £260 (+ VAT)*

Settings with in-house catering

Where your nursery or children's centre self-manages its catering service, employs its own team, created own menus, and manages the ordering process.

Two year subscription

The Awards Package for settings with in-house catering provides additional telephone and online support to help you achieve the food quality section of your award which in externally catered settings is covered by the Food for Life Catering Mark.

Cost of a two year subscription

one off payment: £780 (+ VAT)

or two annual payments: £390 (+ VAT)*

*Annual payments have an additional administration charge of £10 per year.

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Nursery chains

If you are part of a nursery group or chain we can offer you discounted rates for enrolling a number of your settings. 

Download the flyer below for more information and get in touch with our Awards Development team.

Email: Liz Harding-Wyatt

Call: 0117 3145180

Early Years Packages Flyer

Not serving main meals?

If you only serve breakfast and / or snacks, we’ve made certain criteria non-applicable so you’ll still be able to apply for and complete your award.

Please note that the Food for Life Early Years award isn’t currently available for those settings with no food provision or home provided food only.

For further information please call 0117 314 5180 or email ffl@foodforlife.org.uk

Early Years Award Criteria

Download an overview of the Early Years Award criteria here

Early Years Criteria and Guidance overview

Top Tip

If your setting is working towards or has achieved the Food for Life Early Years award, be sure to make the criteria easily available to parents, so they can see all the fantastic work you are doing. Why not link to the criteria on your website or in a newsletter?