Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator for Early Years

What is the role of a PANCo?

The Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo) role was born out of an innovative health improvement programme for the early years sector known as The Cambridge Model. The model helps practitioners lead continuous improvements around physical activity and nutrition within their setting, supporting the prevention of obesity.  A PANCo acts as an agent for change, championing health and wellbeing in the setting.

When does the course start?

As this is an online unit, we are ready to accept flexible cohorts to start as and when they are ready.


To be eligible you will need to:

This is a work-based unit. You must be employed in an early years setting at Level 3.

Benefits for candidates

Undertaking this unit will support change through a reflective cycle of continuous improvement to practice in your own setting. You will be required to coordinate and evaluate physical activity and nutrition in your own setting. You will work with staff, parents and carers, and other professionals, to make positive changes for the health of babies and children, in the role of a Physical Activity and Nutrition Coordinator (PANCo).


Our programme is an intense programme that involves face to face and online training from a dedicated PANCO tutor. Practitioners are supported to develop their practice and produce evidence in a portfolio that demonstrates the impact they have had on improving outcomes for children in their setting.

What does it cost?

The fee for the PANCO unit is £150+VAT per person.