The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years' (PACEY) Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Early Years Settings e-learning programme places emphasis on the potential vulnerability of children to problems such as food poisoning and highlights important practical considerations to be taken when providing children with food which is safe to eat.

The programme provides examples of best practice and explains how to apply food safety principles in children’s settings. The course is particularly suitable for those working in childcare and early years, helping the learner to understand the key concepts of food safety which they can use in their role.

Formed in 1977, PACEY is dedicated to supporting everyone working in childcare and early years to provide high quality care and early learning for children and families. PACEY provides training, practical help and expert advice to practitioners working throughout England and Wales. They also provide peer support and encouragement through their nationwide network of local volunteers.

RSPH’s assessment found the e-learning to be excellent and a real benefit for those working with children. All of the Level 2 principles of food safety and hygiene are covered within the course, including key aspects of the legal framework and best practice relating to food safety and how these apply to those looking after children in individual or group settings.

RSPH accreditation provides a rigorous independent evaluation of training programmes and demonstrates adherence to the highest standards of training design and the achievement of key learning objectives. It is available to a broad range of clients covering subject such as food safety, nutrition and health and wellbeing. 

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, RSPH, said: "The education of practitioners in the principles of food safety has long been a priority for RSPH, and it is vital that the application of these principles in children’s settings in particular is not overlooked. As such, RSPH is delighted to support the excellent work of PACEY through our accreditation of this e-learning programme.”

Julia Kemp, Development Lead, PACEY, said: “PACEY is delighted to launch its latest online course! We want to ensure that childcare practitioners can access high quality training to meet their needs, so we’ve designed our level 2 food safety and hygiene course to specifically support early years practitioners in England and Wales. This bright and colourful course gives learners up-to-date food hygiene information, case studies, interactive exercises and videos to ensure they are aware of their food safety responsibilities