Meal times are a social time for children and adults and children learn about healthy eating, different tastes and textures of foods and discover foods from other countries.
We also have a small vegetable garden where children are encouraged to grow, pick, prepare and taste fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit.
However, if you choose not to have the hot lunch then you can provide your child with a cold packed lunch clearly labelled with their name. We will store cold, perishable food in a fridge until it is eaten. Early session children who do not have breakfast at home will be offered this when they arrive in agreement with parents or guardians.
At snack and meal times we provide nutritious food to meet children’s individual dietary needs. Parents of children who are on special diets will be asked to provide as much written information as possible about suitable foods, and in some cases may be asked to provide the food themselves. A photograph of any child with a special dietary requirement or allergy will be displayed in the food preparation area to ensure that permanent and supply staff are aware of each individual child’s needs.
Milk and water will be served with morning and afternoon snacks. Children are also encouraged to drink fresh water whenever they want to during the day. Milk, water or diluted fresh fruit juice will be served with the main meal.
Children will be allowed to have second helpings of fruit or milk based desserts if available. Children will still receive dessert if they refuse their main course. Withholding food will not be used as a form of punishment. Parents or guardians will be advised if their child is not eating well and advice will be given to parents about suitable food to bring from home, including suitable party foods and healthy options for packed lunches.
Carers will sit with the children while they eat and will provide a good role model for healthy eating. Children will be encouraged to develop good eating skills and table manners and will be given plenty of time to eat. We use meal and snack times to help children to develop independence through making choices, serving food and drink and feeding themselves (age and development dependant).