Government Guidelines

Early childhood services

The advice provided by the Healthy Eating Advisory Service to early childhood education and care (child care) services is consistent with the following government guidelines.

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Australian Dietary Guidelines

These guidelines give advice on eating for health and wellbeing. They provide information about the types and amounts of foods, food groups and dietary patterns that promote health and wellbeing and reduce the risk of diet-related diseases. The guidelines are for use by health professionals, policy makers, educators, food manufacturers, food retailers and researchers.

Visit the Australian Dietary Guidelines here

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Australian Guide to Healthy Eating

This guide recommends dietary patterns based on the five food groups that provide appropriate amounts of nutrients and energy. It includes practical information on the types and amounts of foods required at various ages and specific recommendations for infants, toddlers and children.

Visit the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating here

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Get Up & Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood

These resources promote the key messages included in the healthy eating and physical activity guidelines. They are designed to be used in centre-based care, family day care and pre-school.

Visit Get Up & Grow here

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Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

This framework identifies eight Practice Principles for Learning and Development, which describe the most effective ways for early childhood professionals to work together and with children and families to facilitate learning and development.

Visit Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework here

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National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care

The National Quality Framework (NQF) is a national system, designed to provide transparency and accountability and give children the best possible start in life. The National Quality Standard (NQS) is a key aspect of the NQF and sets a national benchmark for early childhood education and care, and outside school hours care services in Australia, to ensure children enjoy the best possible conditions in developmental years.

Visit the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care here

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For more information please phone 1300 22 52 88 or email

Except where otherwise indicated, the images in this document show models and illustrative settings only, and do not necessarily depict actual services, facilities or recipients of services. This document may contain images of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In this document, ‘Aboriginal’ refers to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ‘Indigenous’ or ‘Koori/Koorie’ is retained when part of the title of a report, program or quotation. Copyright © State of Victoria 2016

Written and reviewed by dietitians and nutritionists at Nutrition Australia, with support from the Victorian Government.

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