Our weekly/daily menu plans contain the allergen information and that they are displayed in on the parent’s notice board and are available to parents/guardians. If parents/guardians send in birthday cakes, they must be shop bought as the packaging will contain allergen information that can be provided to parents/guardians.
Children are always supervised when eating and drinking snacks or meals
- Parents supply breakfast and 2 snacks for full day and 1 snack for shorter day.
- All children on the ECCE Scheme need to bring in 1 snack.
- Some children are allergic to peanuts/nuts. We request that parents/guardians do not include these in their child’s snack.
- We do not allow fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolate, crisps, nuts or nut spreads.
- Drinking water and small snacks are available throughout the day.
Well-balanced and nutritious meals on our menus are reviewed and changed on a regular basis to ensure a varied range of food choices for the children. Processed meat products such as sausages, burgers, chicken nuggets and fish bites are kept to a minimum. If these are provided, healthier cooking methods are used, e.g. they are oven cooked or grilled. No food is fried.
Our kitchen is HACCP compliant and our meals are cooked by a qualified and experienced cook. Our menu has been developed to ensure that each meal is nutritionally balanced for growing children.Special therapeutic dietary needs are respected, as are cultural and religious dietary habits. Parents/guardians are requested to provide details of foods eaten (and not eaten) by the child.
Meal times are used as an opportunity to encourage good social habits.
- Whenever possible children and adults eat together.
- Good table manners will be encouraged
- Children will also be engaged in conversation if they wish
- Children that are slow eaters will be given time to eat and not rushed
- Children will be encouraged to sit down when eating and/or drinking.
- Mealtime should be engaged with in a positive way with the children.
- Staff must not use any negative association with food at any time with the children.
- Children will be encouraged to help tidy up after snack time.
Healthy eating is promoted through an arrangement of activities for the children including play, stories, music, outings, cookery etc.