Healthy Eating Policy

 

Children and teacher eating

At present Department of Health supplies free, one third of a pint of milk per session to every child in our care. If your child does not drink milk, water or juice is always available as an alternative.

Snack will include a range of fresh fruits, fresh raw vegetables (such as carrots and cucumber), sweet and savoury biscuits, cereals and various types of bread (such as toast, pitta bread, bagel etc.). 

The focus is upon promoting healthy eating and enjoying a social time together. Snack time may also be linked to a current theme or a curriculum area.   The children are encouraged to be independent and pour their own drinks under supervision.

Water is available at all times.  Older children will enjoy the independence gained from helping themselves to water from a jug that has been put out for them to use. If they are encouraged to pour a drink for you at the same time, this also boosts their self-esteem and gives them great pleasure in doing something for you.

If your child has any special dietary requirements or if you do not want him or her to be offered certain foods, please speak to a member of the Preschool staff and this will be put onto their milk cards.

We ask that you avoid any nuts products in lunch bags

Colour: green grapes, cucumber, green apples, kiwi

Shape: round biscuit, slices of carrot, banana

Number: 3 grapes, counting one more, estimating

Literacy, phonics (sounds): banana, biscuit, bread sticks, bagel

Altering Properties (changes): fruit juice, ice lollies, porridge, soup

Festivals: Chinese New Year, Harvest, Christmas

Cultural: food specific to different religions

Water for me, please! 

By the time children feel thirsty, they are already dehydrated – which simply means the body does not have enough water to work at its best. Does your child drink enough water?

Dehydration can make children bad tempered and they are unlikely to know why they are feeling cross.   By encouraging your child to drink small amounts of water regularly throughout the day, this can be avoided.

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