Woodthorpe Children Centres Policies

Food and Drink

Updated 13 Oct 2020

Aim

To establish healthy eating and drinking habits within Pre-School

Rationale

To provide food and drink in ways that are safe, will optimise nutritional and dental health, speech and social development, whilst accounting special dietary and cultural needs.

The following guidelines should be made known to all Pre-School staff and parents:

  • Parents of children who are on special diets or with cultural needs will be asked to provide as much information as possible about suitable foods and in some cases may be asked to provide the food themselves.
  • Dairy products will be full fat for children under 2 years old and semi-skimmed for children aged 2-5 years.
  • Milk and water will be served with morning and afternoon snacks.
  • Parents are asked not to bring juice in their child’s packed lunch.
  • Snacks will be low in sugar, e.g, toast, plain scones, nan breads, teacakes, crumpets and include a rich diversity of foods.
  • Water will be available at all times.
  • Children will be encouraged to use a suitable drinking vessel. Cups or beakers should be used from the age of one year.
  • Children will be allowed to have second helpings.
  • Children will be encouraged to clean their teeth before lunch. Tooth brushes and tooth paste will be provided by the nursery and changed termly or more frequent if necessary.
  • Withholding food will not be used as a sanction.
  • Parents/carers and staff are to encourage children to sit down and stay at the table during snack and meal times.
  • As adults are role models, staff will set a good example by eating healthier foods whenever possible.
  • Children will be encouraged to develop good eating skills, table manners and will be given plenty of time to eat.
  • Adults and children are asked not to bring drinks, sweets, chocolates, biscuits or other confectionary into Pre-School and activities.
  • Dummies should be removed from children once they have settled in to their surroundings, this helps to promote good speech and communication.
  • Pretend birthday cakes are available for celebrating the occasion. Should a cake be brought in, it is advised that the cake should be cut and taken home at the end of the session and that it be shop bought not homemade.
  • Curriculum activities will endeavour to keep sugar to a minimum and promote healthier alternatives. Edible activities should be sent home so that parents have the opportunity to see their work, and have the decision when it is eaten.
  • Preparation and handling of food will be done in line with guide lines of basic food hygiene regulations.