Early Years (NDNA)
Nutrition Awareness Course
Level 2

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Early Years
Nutritional Awareness
Level 2 award

Accredited Level 2 Nutritional Awareness for all those involved in the planning or preparation of food for Early Years settings. This flexible online video-based course follows the Approved UK Nutritional Awareness (Healthier eating & special diets) syllabus, is filmed on-location in childcare and commercial kitchen settings, and is updated for 2017.

Fully accredited by QUALIFI, an OFQUAL regulated UK Awarding Organisation, this course provides in-depth awareness of what represents a nutritionally appropriate balanced diet for babies and young children (0-5yrs). This course is written by a PhD Nutritional Specialist, advisor and author.

Includes FREE unlimited online exam entry leading to a nationally recognised qualification (Endorsed Award) from OFQUAL regulated Awarding Organisation (certificate available as PDF download), and staff progress tracking system with every multiple purchase. (We recommend you compare these benefits carefully with those offered by other providers).

What does it cover?

The training modules included in this course cover the nationally approved syllabus and content for Level 2 Nutritional Awareness - Early Years includes the following highlights:

  1. Introduction to Nutrition, important terms and definitions
  2. Fluids - The importance of fluids, defining dehydration, fluids & energy
  3. Energy - Requirements for energy for a range of age groups
  4. Carbohydrates & Fibre - The roles of carbohydrates and fibre in the body
  5. Protein - Introduction, human protein requirements, proteins in foods, vegetarians & vegans
  6. Fats - Visible and invisible fats, different types of fat, Omega 3 fats
  7. Micronutrients, Vitamins & Minerals - Vitamins A, B, C & D, minerals, Iron, Calcium, Zinc
  8. Providing a balanced diet - The Eatwell Guide, meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources
    of protein, milk and dairy foods
  9. Allergies and intolerances - legal considerations, 14 named allergens, Coeliac Disease, HACCP
  10. Service considerations for Early Years Settings

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Our Customers Said

“I completed on-line the Level 2 Award in Nutrition for Catering. It was fast, easy to understand and I managed to complete it in no time! Really recommend this course and will happily do more training on this web site.“


“Very easy to use with lots of practice and information pages. Really felt I'd learnt more - even some surprises. Will definitely recommend to others. Must be done by anyone handling food. The first time I did this it was a one day course, but this covered everything and you can choose your own pace.“


“I really enjoyed doing the course I found it very easy to follow and I was pleased when passing the exam at the end. I would certainly recommend this course to others. I particularly liked the section on bacteria I found it very interesting.“

Christine Ellis