This quality standard covers improving nutrition for women who are planning to become pregnant, pregnant women, and babies and children under 5 and their mothers and carers. It focuses on low‑income and disadvantaged families. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not give detailed advice on healthy diets or the nutrition and care of women and children who need specialist advice and care, such as women with diabetes or low birthweight babies.

It does not cover areas of national policy, such as population-based screening programmes or national maternal and child nutrition policies.

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