Nutritional Education

As part of the requirements for delivering the HAF programme, the DfE asks for the attendee's to have some form (formal or informal) of nutritional education at each session. More specifically they state:

Providers must include an element of nutritional education each day aimed at improving the knowledge and awareness of healthy eating for children. These do not need to be formal learning activities and could for example include activities such as:

  • getting children involved in food preparation and cooking

  • growing fruit and vegetables

  • taste tests

As above, provider's can choose how they wish to implement this at their sessions - it could be by engaging the children in a conversation about healthy eating while they eat their lunch or printable resources could be used. The website 'Easy Teaching' has a range of free, downloadable worksheets (including a 'Healthy Plate' poster) to help you get started (see link below).


In addition, please find below a series of links recommended by the DfE for information about nutritional education, along with recipes and ideas for families.  

If you have any questions on how to offer a component of Nutritional Education at your session, please get in touch by emailing

Link to 'Easy Teaching' website:

Link to full DfE HAF Guidance: 

DfE Recommended Links

Change4Life - Public Health England

Get the family involved and make tasty meals from scratch with Cook Together.

Every week for 4 weeks you will get 2 healthy recipes – with videos, easy-to-follow

instructions and a shopping list of everything you'll need – straight to your inbox.

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Recipe idea print-outs | PHE School Zone

The classroom cooking toolkit is full of great ideas to help you teach cooking with

FAQs and essential safety tips.

Classroom cooking toolkit | PHE School Zone

A range of flexible nutrition resources across different subject areas – designed to

encourage children to build healthier habits for life.

Healthy eating | Overview | PHE School Zone

British Nutrition Foundation

Free education resources for teaching young people aged 3-16 years about where food comes from, cooking and healthy eating, and teacher training.

Recipes – to support learning about handling a range of ingredients, food skills and cooking techniques.

Recipes – Food – a fact of life

Activity suggestions and resources to use to engage with parents and carers.

Parental engagement – Food - a fact of life

Full Time: Get cooking with Marcus and Tom

Marcus Rashford and Tom Kerridge have set up ‘Full Time: Get Cooking with Marcus & Tom’. They want to help give children and families the skills and confidence to cook good, proper food in their own kitchens, using the equipment available to them. They hope to encourage children and their families to be creative, have fun and spend valuable time together cooking and eating.

As part of the year-long programme, Tom Kerridge has created 52 easy recipes. They are available in various forms from selected supermarkets every Sunday morning. Each recipe will also feature a QR code linking to the Full Time Instagram page where users can access tutorial videos. Parents are encouraged to try the recipes and share their results via Instagram using the hashtag #fulltimemeals.