Developing Policies

Developing Policies

Developing healthy lifestyle related policy or statements, can also be a good method of providing information to parents/carers about the approach and practices that your setting takes. It is also a good way of ensuring that the children you care for are receiving consistent messages. It is good practice to involve families and staff throughout the development process of writing a policy. Ask for their views, share the final draft with them and keep them updated about any reviews that take place. When writing or a reviewing a policy, you should consider including some or all of the following:

  • How will the policy be communicated to parents/carers/staff?
  • How will parents be involved?
  • What types of food and drink/activities will be provided?
  • How will best practice be encouraged?
  • What will parents be able to bring from home?
  • How will special events be celebrated?
  • How will staff be trained and updated?


Click on the links for examples of policies you can use as guides when writing or reviewing your own.

Food and Drink

Food For All 

Active Play


Bright Futures
Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles
Change 4 Life