Healthy Eating

Policy Statement

We recognise the need to encourage healthy eating from an early age, as this will help children to reach their full potential in terms of growth and development.

We support children and their families, creating an awareness of healthy eating and promoting as appropriate.

We provide opportunities and experiences to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of healthy eating concepts and give the children well balanced and nutritious snacks.

Procedures

Provision of Healthy eating

The preschool regards snack and meal times as an important part of the settings session. Eating represents a social time for the children and adults and this helps children to learn about healthy eating.

  • Parents of children who are on special diets will be asked to provide as much information as possible about suitable foods and in some cases may be asked to provide food for them.
  • Cultural dietary habits are respected. Parents or carers are requested to provide details of foods eaten and not eaten by the child and make sure everyone involved in caring for the child know about these.
  • Meal and snack times are used as an opportunity to encourage good social habits.
  • Children will be encouraged to develop good eating skills and table manners and will be given plenty of time to eat.
  • Children will never be left unattended while eating or drinking.
  • Attention will be paid to the presentation of food so that children are encouraged to try new things.
  • All snacks will be served on plates or dishes.
  • Water will be available are all times.
  • Milk is available at snack time.

Lunch Club

For those children attending at lunchtime:

  • Encourage parents to provide sandwiches with a healthy filling, fruit and milk based dessert such as yoghurt or fromage frais.
  • We provide water for the children although you may put in a juice carton if you wish please do not put in any fizzy drinks.
  • Discourage packed lunches that consist largely of crisps, processed foods, sweet drinks and sweet products such as cakes or biscuits. We reserve the right to return this food to the parent as a last resort.
  • Staff may sit with children to eat their lunch so that mealtime is a social occasion.
  • St Marys Primary School has a strict no nuts policy.

Safety

  • All staff will complete a Food and Hygiene course.
  • Staff and children should practice regular and good hand washing procedures.
  • All food handling staff are to wear adequate clean protective clothing.
  • All food to be served straight after preparation.
  • All storage, preparation and service of food will be carried out in accordance with relevant food hygiene and safety regulations.
  • Food handlers suffering from diarrhoea and or vomiting will be excluded from preschool until recovered and free from symptoms for at least 48 hours.