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Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of a day for children, but again presentation is key.

It stimulates the body’s metabolism and gives children the beginning of the “brain food” needed to maintain focus and to learn and develop throughout the day.

It is important to engage as many children as possible in this meal hence our breakfast café is open between 8am and 9.00am with 4 children being able to access breakfast at a time. One staff member is responsible for the serving and supervision of breakfast and again it is an ideal opportunity for learning to start.

The breakfast board will be filled in as appropriate, preferably before staff leave at 6pm. The tablecloth and unperishable items will also be put out. Children should are offered milk or water to drink and are encouraged to make a choice from the breakfast selection displayed on the trolley/unit.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is another opportunity to provide exciting and sustained learning opportunities for all our children. 

Afternoon Tea is available to all children who attend a nursery session after 4pm and is laid out in a similar way to breakfast. 

Self Service is essential to help promote the resilience and independence of the children.

The tea board will be filled in as appropriate. Children are offered water to accompany their afternoon tea.


Healthy Eating, Snacks and Lunch Box

Our objective is to ensure that all packed lunches brought from home and consumed in nursery provide children with healthy and nutritious food that is similar to food served in schools, which is now regulated by national standards.

Our Nursery recognises that our children come from diverse home backgrounds, cultures, ethnic and faith groups. Our nurseries aim to meet the needs of all children and ensure equality of provision whilst taking account of this diversity and difference.

We understand that some children are ‘fussy’ eaters and that it is a major step to get some children to eat anything at all.

We want you to let us know if this is the case so that we can deal with your child sensitively and with encouragement and praise for what they have eaten.

We will provide a safe, healthy and appealing eating environment for pupils eating snacks and packed lunches, and ensure fresh drinking water is available at all times.

We encourage all pupils to eat and drink as much of their lunch as possible. As fridge space is not available in school, parents are advised to send in packed lunches in a cooler bag or food that does not require refrigeration.

Water

Children’s concentration and behaviour improves when children drink water throughout the day. Dehydration can give your child headaches and make them tired.

Therefore, we encourage all children to drink water only whilst at Nursery. We have a water dispenser readily available for children to access independently throughout the day.

The following guidelines for snacks and lunchbox contents may help parents and ensure health and equality for all children children.

Packed lunches may include:

  • At least one portion of fruit and or vegetable (this could include a dried fruit)
  • A sandwich that includes a savoury filling (e.g. egg, tuna, cheese, cooked meat)
  • A starchy food such as bread, pasta, rice, noodles
  • Dairy food such as cheese, yogurt, fromage frais – a tubed or packet yoghurt would help us greatly and avoid the need to for the use of spoons.
  • A biscuit not coated in chocolate
  • Crisps (baked or other low fat options if possible) Packed lunches should avoid:
  • Confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate coated biscuits and sweets.
  • Sausage rolls and pies should only be included occasionally.
  • No fizzy drinks.

Nuts and nut products (e.g. peanut butter) should never be sent to nursery because of allergy concerns.

Neither are children allowed to share food items for this same reason. On a daily basis the staff in nursery see what children have in their lunchboxes whilst supervising at lunch time.

This is an opportunity for them to talk with the children about their lunchboxes and to encourage healthy eating and drinking.

However, we may send parents a reminder of this policy if lunchbox contents regularly fall short of the expectations in this policy.

It is not our intention to tell parents what and how they should feeding your child and we will not do so, but we want to work with parents to educate our children about healthy dietary choices so that they can make their own informed choices independently when they are older.

If your child has not eaten enough of their lunch, we will wrap it up and send it home in their lunch box in order for you to see.

Treats that are sent into school to celebrate birthdays are allowed.

Where possible these will be distributed at home time so parents are able to monitor this.

We have the best interests of all the children at heart.