Food and Drink Policy
Statement of Intent
West Wycombe Pre-school regards snack time and lunch time, as an important part of the pre-school’s session. Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy eating and oral health.
To promote healthy eating by providing a choice of fresh, nutritious food, which meets the children’s individual dietary needs. These food include fresh fruit and vegetables along with bread sticks, cream crackers, cheese, rice cakes and whole wheat toast or pittas or plain popcorn. To educate children of the effects that foods and drinks have on our bodies and support them in making healthy choices.
To encourage those parents whose children stay to lunch club to pack a healthy nutritious lunch and to make them aware of those children within the group that may have severe allergies.
· We are registered with the local Environmental Health Department
· We have food management procedures in place to control any hazards that could arise when providing food & drink.
· These procedures are reviewed regularly to ensure they are effective.
· Before a child starts at Pre-school, we find out from parents their child’s dietary needs, including any allergies.
- We record information about each child’s dietary needs within a Health Care Plan and produce a poster which is displayed in the eating area showing a photograph of the child & their specific dietary requirements so all staff and volunteers are aware.
- All staff receive training from the Pre-Schools Manager on allergies and intolerances detailed within children’s Health Care Plans and sign training records to acknowledge their understanding of each child’s requirements.
- We require staff to show sensitivity in providing for children’s diets and allergies. Staff do not use a child’s diet or allergy as a label for the child or make a child feel singled out because of her/his diet or allergy.
- Our healthy snacks & drink are offered through a ‘Café’. The Café is open for 2 hours during the morning session. There are 4 spaces available at the café and children can access it in accordance to their needs & availability
- For children who drink milk, we provide semi-skimmed pasteurised milk.
- A table cover is used which is cleaned with anti bacterial wipes before and after use.
- Children wash their hands before eating or drinking.
- The Café ensures snack times are social occasions in which children and staff participate.
- At the cafe children are encouraged and supported to develop independence through making choices.
- We have fresh drinking water constantly available for the children at the kitchen or in the Phonics Room downstairs.
- We inform the children about how to obtain the water and that they can ask for water at any time during the session.
- As a setting we display the Allergens Poster provided by the Food Standards Agency on the parent’s notice board and record all foods provided for the children during snack and cooking activities logging the main allergy groups on a chart.
- Children who attend lunch should be provided with a healthy packed lunch that is nut free due to allergies within the setting.
- Nut products such as Nutella must not be used as they pose a serious threat to children with allergies.
- The children all sit together & staff ensure lunch club is a social occasion in which children & staff participate
- Children are encouraged to eat their healthy foods first with any treats being after their other food items.
- Children should have limited treats items within their lunch box to encourage healthy eating practices.
- Food contained within the packed lunch should be cold (we do not heat food at pre-school)
- During warm weather we recommend that freezer packs are used to keep the packed lunch cool.
- Foods such as grapes, cherry tomatoes & cocktail sausages MUST to be cut in half to avoid being a choking hazard
- Sweets are a treat & should not be part of a child’s lunch.
- Staff will encourage children to eat all their lunch but staff will respect the child’s wishes and their decisions.
- All uneaten food & empty packages will be returned in the lunch box so parents/carers can monitor their child’s food consumption.
- We communicate information about children’s severe allergies in a sensitive manner and with regard to our confidentiality policy.
If 2 or more children that are looked after on the premises are affected by food poisoning we inform Ofsted within 14 days of the incident occurring.
This policy was adopted by West Wycombe Pre-school Playgroup in October 2013. Policies are updated when necessary and reviewed on a yearly basis.
Reviewed and amended September 2019