Healthy Early Years London Awards (HEYL) 

Healthy Early Years London (HEYL) is an awards scheme funded by the Mayor of London which supports and recognises achievements in child health, wellbeing and education in early years settings.

Building on the success of Healthy Schools London, HEYL will help to reduce health inequalities by supporting a healthy start to life across themes that include healthy eating, oral and physical health and early cognitive development.

HEYL complements and enhances the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage framework, adding to the focus on children, families and staff health and wellbeing.

The 4 levels of Awards - HEYL First Steps, Bronze, Silver and Gold - can be used to improve and support practice in all Early Years settings:

  • private, voluntary and independent nurseries
  • early learning and day care in children’s centres
  • childminders
  • Early Years in schools including schools with two-year old provision
  • nursery schools
  • crèches and playgroups

Visit the Healthy Early Years London (HEYL) website

Useful Links 

HEYL Menu Workshop 1 for Borough Leads

Bank of Resources for HEYL Participants

Eating Well Snacks for 1-4 year olds - (opens a pdf)

Example menus for early years settings in England - (opens a pdf)

Good Food Choices and Portion Sizes for 1- 4 year olds - (opens a pdf)

Continence ERIC Guidance - Managing Continence Problems in Schools - (opens a pdf)

SALT - Resources -


Guidelines on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep

New WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years (opens a pdf)