FOOD, NUTRITION AND HEALTHY EATING POLICY
We aim to provide a varied, well-balanced, nutritious diet that reflects a variety of different cultures for all children.
We aim to ensure that meal times are a relaxed, enjoyable experience. Children will be encouraged to develop good eating habits, increase their self-help skills and develop socially.
In order to achieve this:
- We use as much fresh produce as possible.
- We adopt a home cooked approach that reduces the use of prepared and processed
- We use well-respected local suppliers when possible.
- We offer regular drinks to all children; ensuring water is readily available for children throughout the day.
- We keep the salt content in all foods provided to a minimum.
- We provide full fat milk and yoghurts for children under the age of five.
- We minimise the addition of sugar to foods, substituting alternatives such as honey and fruit.
- This approach will help support a healthy lifelong relationship with food.
- The consistency of food will be appropriate to the child’s age and stage of development.
An appropriate environment will be provided which encourages independence, development of good eating habits and children’s social skills, such as:
- Staff will, when possible, eat with children to encourage social interaction and provide a good role model.
- Tables will be arranged in small groups with room for adult interaction and supervision.
- Sufficient space will be provided for each child to eat comfortably at the table.
- Appropriately sized cutlery and crockery will be provided suitable for the children’s age and stage of development.
- Children will be given sufficient time to eat their meal to ensure that it is a sociable
- Babies who require bottle-feeding will be held by a member of staff and never left unsupervised.
- Food and drink will not be used as a bribe or punishment.
- Staff members will liaise with parents if they have any concerns about the child’s eating habits or diet
- Children will be encouraged to help with preparation, serving and clearing away at meal times, as appropriate to their age and stage of development.
- When serving meals, staff will take account of individual children’s appetites and appropriate portion sizes will be provided.
- Children will be encouraged to try all foods but never forced to eat anything they do not want to. Their likes and dislikes will be discussed with parents and taken into account.
Reviewed November 2017