Updated! 5532 guide to portion size for preschoolers
18th July 2019
Our 5532 guide to portion sizes for 1-4 year olds is all about helping you provide young children with a healthy, balanced diet to provide them with all the nutrients they need to grow and be healthy.
First published in 2014, these new versions, available to download below, provide updated information about sugars in children’s diets about vegetarian and vegan diets and include an updated range of food examples. We've also got some top tips on getting portion size right in the early years on the next page.
Young children need a variety of foods from the main food groups:
- Starchy foods – about 5 portions a day
- Fruit and vegetables – 5 or more portions a day
- Dairy foods – about 3 portions a day
- Protein foods – about 2 portions a day (3 portions for vegetarian or vegan children)
Healthy eating habits developed in the early years can set a child up for good health in later life and a healthy diet is about getting the right balance of foods and drinks in the right amounts. The guide has portion size examples for a range of foods to give you an idea of what is appropriate to offer – children’s appetites can vary a lot so let them decide how much to eat.
For a quick reference guide – download the 5532 poster and there are more food examples and further information on issues like snacking, sugar, vegan diets and supplements in the 5532 booklet
5532 booklet - information on fruit and vegetables: