Food and meals

Healthy Eating

We follow the best practice taken from the NHS guidance contained in their publication Setting the Table.

This table provides the guidance regarding healthy snacks that we follow

We have the following healthy eating policy in place

Our  Healthy Eating Policy

We will use best practice guidance when planning our menus.

Mothers wishing to continue breastfeeding their child will be supported
to do so by us.

The weekly snack menu will provide children with a varied diet.

All the children will have suitable food made available for them.

Children who do not eat breakfast at home will be offered this when they arrive by prior arrangement.

Milk will be served with morning and afternoon snacks and this will be full-fat milk.

All dairy products will be full-fat.

Water will be available at all times.

Diluted fruit juice will be served only with the main meal.

Children will have access to bread or fruit if they are hungry between meals.

Parents will be advised if their child is not eating well.

Parents of children 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 the food themselves.

Children will sit together while they eat.

We will provide a good role model for healthy eating.

Withholding food will not be used as a form of punishment.

Children will be encouraged to develop good eating skills and table manners and will be given plenty of time to eat.

Advice will be given to parents about suitable foods to bring from home.

Outdoor play will be encouraged every day, in all weathers, with suitable clothing. This will ensure that children have an opportunity to be exposed to sunlight, which helps their bodies to make vitamin D. Parents will be advised to provide suncream for their child and apply when necessary. Alternatively, and with the parent’s consent, suncream application will be carried out by us.