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Early Years Food Hygiene Training

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Did you know, Early Years food hygiene training is essential training if you prepare or serve food to children under the age of 5 in any work or volunteer role? Here’s the reason why…

Do you work in the Early Years?

If you work with children under the age of 5 in the United Kingdom, you have a legal duty to care for and protect their wellbeing at all times while they are in your care. We’re sure you know that there are many different types of professional training courses that you’ll need to complete in order to do this successfully. However, did you know that food hygiene training is also necessary in your role if you serve or prepare food for under 5s?

Our Level 2 Early Years Food Hygiene Training course is suitable for Early Years practitioners and volunteers who work in a variety of roles, such as:

  • Nursery Assistants
  • Childminders
  • Nannies
  • Babysitting services
  • Playgroups
  • Nursery Nurses
  • Early Years Practitioners
  • Children’s Centre staff
  • And many more…

An Early Years food hygiene training course can benefit virtually everyone who works or volunteers with children under the age of 5. In particular, those who handle, serve, and/or prepare food for babies and young children will find food hygiene training especially useful.

In many cases, such as if you are inspected by governing bodies such as Ofsted, you are likely to be legally required to complete Early Years food hygiene training. If you’re unsure, you can always check with your line manager or the local authority. Alternatively, why not click here now to use our handy “Which course do I need?” flow chart and find out if you need food hygiene training in your role?

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What can I learn from an Early Years food hygiene training course?

Just like anyone who works in a professional kitchen with a responsibility to handle food safely, if you’re preparing, serving, or handling food for the Early Years, you need to understand food hygiene best practice along with some other essential facts you might not have considered both inside and out of the kitchen.

In a verifiable Early Years food hygiene course such as our Level 2 Early Years Food Hygiene Training, you will learn the following:

  • What food hygiene and food safety means, and how you can apply it to your daily practice
  • The most common food hazards and how to prevent them in your kitchen
  • Common food allergies and how to keep children safe if they have a food allergy
  • Personal hygiene and the importance of good hygiene when working around or coming into contact with food and food preparation areas
  • The different professional cleaning and disinfection methods you should be using in your kitchen and how to use them most effectively in your kitchen
  • What food poisoning is, including real examples, and how to prevent it
  • How to stop pests from entering your kitchen/premises and getting at food
  • The various food safety laws and legislation that applies to individuals working with food in the Early Years

Click here now to view the full course description and read more about what you can learn on our RoSPA-approved Level 2 Early Years Food Hygiene Training course.

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Where can I get Early Years food hygiene training?

Childcare professionals across the United Kingdom are increasingly switching to online courses for most of their essential training. With immediate access to training and the ability to download certificates straight away on successful completion of each course, it’s no secret that online training is far more convenient than face-to-face courses with their long waiting lists and even longer wait times for certificates to be posted.

That’s not to mention the flexibility online training offers. Here at the Food Hygiene Company for example, our online Level 2 Early Years Food Hygiene Training course is accessible 24/7 from any device with an internet connection. You can pause and restart your course as many times as you need to, so it’s great for busy schedules. (We know how easy it is to get distracted from important tasks when you work around babies and toddlers after all!)

What’s more, with our unique online learning management system, you’ll never get caught with an expired certificate again. The system will send you an automatic reminder when your certificate is due to expire, and it’s as simple as the touch of a button to refresh your training when the time comes.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of online Early Years food hygiene training, or to browse the full course description, please click here now.

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How often do I need to take Early Years food hygiene training?

Like all essential training, your Early Years food hygiene training certificate will come with an expiry date. This will vary depending on the training provider, so always check this out before you purchase a course and upon completion.

Here at the Food Hygiene Company, our Level 2 Early Years Food Hygiene Training certificates expire after 2 years.

Why do Early Years food hygiene training certificates expire?

Your Early Years food hygiene training needs to be refreshed regularly to ensure that you’re up to date with your knowledge of the subject. This will help you to keep the children you work with as safe as possible from food-related illness or other harm.

Since legal guidance and legislation changes frequently, we update our courses throughout the year to include the most recent information.

Do I need food hygiene training to work with children aged over 5 years?

Depending on your role and the type of environment you work in, you may well need to have food hygiene training if you handle, prepare, or serve food to children over the age of 5. We recommend confirming this with your line manager, local authority, or the professional body responsible for inspecting your premises.

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Got a question about Early Years food hygiene training?

For more information about online Early Years food hygiene training or to discuss training options for you and your team with a member of our friendly support staff, please call us on 01327 552136 or email us at help@foodhygienecompany.co.uk. Alternatively, you can chat to us anytime by using the live chat feature available on this website during office hours.

The Food Hygiene Company offices are open from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.