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OFSTED REPORT Jan 2017
Our latest Ofsted report (January 2017) can be viewed from Ofsted website:
Surrey Family Information Service
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Click here to download the new booklet “Managing your child’s health” aimed at parent / carers of 0 – 5 year olds
Healthy Eating and Lunch Box Policy
The Overall aim of this policy
Our aim is to ensure that all packed lunches brought from home and consumed in pre-school provide children with healthy and nutritious food that is similar to food served in schools, which is now regulated by national standards.
Frimley Green Pre-school recognises that our children come from diverse home backgrounds, cultures, ethnic and faith groups. We 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 would want parents to let us know if this is the case so that we can deal with such children sensitively and with encouragement and praise for what they have eaten.
We will provide a safe, healthy and appealing eating environment for children eating packed lunches, and ensure fresh drinking water is available at all times. We will encourage all children to eat and drink as much of their lunch as possible. As fridge space is not available in Pre-school parents are advised to send in packed lunches in a clearly named bag/box with an ice pack or food that does not require refrigeration.
Morning snack will be provided by each child bringing in an item of healthy snack each week on the first day they attend Pre-school. This will then be shared between all the children.
All children will have access to fresh drinking water throughout each day.
The following guidelines for snacks and lunchbox contents may help parents and ensure health and equality for all children.
Packed lunches may include:
At least one portion of fruit and or vegetable (this could include a dried fruit)
Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, chick peas, hummus)
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 smoothie or yogurt drink
A bottle of water
A biscuit not coated in chocolate
Crisps (baked or other low fat options if possible) or other such snack such as seeds, savoury crackers, breadsticks etc.
Eating utensils if necessary
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 Pre-school because of allergy concerns. Neither are children allowed to share food items for this same reason.
Please no chocolate or sweets should be sent to school.
On a daily basis the staff in Pre-school will see what children have in their lunch boxes 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 be feeding their children 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 pre-school to celebrate birthdays are allowed. Where possible these will be distributed at home time so parents are able to monitor this.
Further advice will be distributed as necessary to parents via the weekly updates/newsletters/notice board