Food and Drink Policy
By encouraging a healthy, balanced diet from an early age, the children will feel better, have more energy, be able to concentrate better, be more able to fight illness and with a balanced, varied diet, will learn to enjoy a broad range of foods.
Breakfast – parents/carers should provide the child’s breakfast
Morning/afternoon Snacks –I will provide a variety of fruit, healthy snacks and water/milk
Lunch Time – please try to provide a variety of foods from the main food groups (where appropriate): bread, cereal, rice and pasta; vegetables and fruits; milk, yoghurts and cheese; meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans and pulses.
Tea Time – parents should provide either a second packed lunch or even a meal they would like me to warm.
Children are encouraged to eat up all their food, but I ask parents to have reasonable expectations. All left over food will be put back into the lunch boxes, so parents can gauge what their child has eaten. I will only offer the children water or milk to drink throughout the day. I would ask that no sweets/chocolate bars/fizzy drinks are put in the lunchboxes.
All meals will be eaten together at the table. Eating together is a very social experience, where the children get to learn social skills and good table manners. An adult role model helps to show what is and is not expected at the meal table. From the early stages of weaning and finger foods, children will be helped with their growing independence. As independence grows they will enjoy helping to lay the table and serving themselves. In a relaxed atmosphere, the meal table gives opportunities to discuss food production or foods from different cultures and how they may be eaten.
I will be happy to discuss all cultural and religious requirements with parents.
Tinned or jar baby foods should be provided. At parents request they can be warmed.
Feeds for babies should be provided. Parents should make sure there are adequate feeds for each day, especially in the case of expressed mother’s milk. Formula powder should be provided with pre-sterilized bottles so that feeds can be made up as required through the day.
No cans or glass drinks bottles should be brought into the setting.
Policy statement: Food and drink
It is my policy to provide children with healthy, balanced and nutritious meals, snacks and drinks.
Those responsible for the preparation and handling of food will be competent to do so.
Procedure (how I will put the statement into practice)
Before a child is admitted I will obtain information about any special dietary requirements, preferences and food allergies, and any special health requirements.
I will collect record and act on information from parents about a child’s dietary needs.
I will provide chilled storage for packed lunches and appropriate storage areas for other food stuffs for all food that parents provide for their children to eat in my setting.
I will also provide children with clean and age-appropriate crockery and eating utensils.
I will respect the diversity of practice around mealtimes e.g. use of chopsticks or fingers for eating.
I will ensure fresh drinking water is available at all times, both in and outside my setting.
Baby changing facilities will not be near food preparation areas.
Currently I have no children allergic to nuts, however if this changes I will inform parents immediately not to send children in with anything containing nuts.
I will ensure that I, and everyone caring for children, as well as the children themselves, are aware of good hand washing procedures and how these are carried out.
I will not undertake laundry during times of food preparation and I will ensure that any soiled clothing or detergents will not come into contact with food preparation areas.
If there is an outbreak of food poisoning affecting two or more children looked after on my premises I will notify Ofsted as soon as possible but definitely within 14 days of the incident occurring in order to comply with regulations.