Snacks & Lunches

Diet and nutrition are extremely important in the health, growth and development of your child and we encourage families to consider healthy eating to encourage good eating habits at an early stage.

Poor nutrition and eating habits can have an adverse effect on children's behavior and physical ability, so it is important to offer a variety of foods with a good nutritional balance.

Snacks

Healthy snacks are provided by the pre-school during a morning and afternoon session, and are charged at 40p per session. These fees will be added to your monthly invoice.

You are able to opt out of the pre-school snack provision but will need to provide a snack portion for your child for each session in keeping with our healthy eating guidelines. You must inform us if you would like to opt out and this must be a long term arrangement, as we cannot accommodate changes on a week to week basis.

A selection of fruit, vegetables and cheese form the basis of our snacks and are usually purchased from Washingpool Farm. The morning snack usually includes a carbohydrate component such as breadstick, wrap or scotch pancake. The milk is supplied by Hangers Dairy in reusable glass bottles and everything else is usually bought from Co-op, Lidl or Waitrose. Food allergens and specific dietary requirements are taken in to consideration and information is provided in advance to parents. For further details, please see a member of staff.

Early drop off club: Children are offered a snack as we expect them to have had breakfast at home. The snack will usually be fruit, toast, yogurt, cereal or crumpet (details as listed below).

Birthdays: Children can choose a friend to help them bake for their birthday (eg, scotch pancake, cheese scone, non-iced cupcake). Everyone has snack together on that day, there are tablecloths on the table, the birthday child sits on the 'birthday chair' and Happy Birthday is sung before they blow out the candles and are given a card.

Lunch session

DAYS AND TIMES: 12:10 to 12.40 (Monday to Friday)

The lunch session is added to session hours and is not charged for separately. Government funding may be used to pay for the lunch period.

Children staying for lunch must bring a packed lunch into preschool with them, in a plastic or metal lunch box clearly marked with their name. We suggest a lunch box with compartments or pots. No lunch bags please as these take up too much space on the table and in the fridge. You do not need to provide a drink as a choice of milk or water is provided by the pre-school. All uneaten food will be put back in the lunch box so you know exactly what and how much your child has eaten.

lunchbox ideas

REGULAR OPTIONS

  • Sandwich, wrap, pitta, bagel, roll with a savoury filling

  • Savoury biscuits/oatcakes/breadsticks with cheese or dip

  • Small tub of salad (eg pasta, cheese, tuna)

  • Scotch or plain boiled egg, quiche, pizza slice, cold sausage, savoury muffin

  • Fruit (apple, orange, pear, grapes, banana, strawberries etc)

  • Veg (carrot/cucumber sticks, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, olives)

  • Dried fruit (raisins, apricots, dried fruit bars)


OCCASIONAL TREATS

  • Fruit yogurt, fruit smoothie

  • Fruit jelly (make in individual lidded pots)

  • Fruit crumble/pie

  • Piece of cake, bun, flapjack

  • Small plain or chocolate biscuit

  • A few crisps in a small tub (split a pack)


NEVER

  • No sweets or bars of chocolate or fruit strings or chocolate desserts

LUNCHBOX IDEAS

There are some excellent lunch box ideas and more information on: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes


healthy options

  • Aim for a balance between food types.

  • Keep to suitable portion sizes; don't be tempted to put too much in because you are worried your child won't eat anything.

  • Keep packaging to a minimum to reduce landfill. It also makes it easier for children to manage their lunchboxes without help.

  • Children are expected to eat the savoury part of their lunch first.

  • Children are encouraged to eat as much as they feel the need to, rather than eat everything in their lunch box. This will help them regulate what they eat and recognise when they feel hungry or full.

  • Parents are asked to keep crisps, cake, biscuits and sweet things to a minimum so they are seen as an occasional treat. Try splitting a packet of crisps over 2 days.

  • No sweets, bars of chocolate, chocolate desserts or fruit strings.

  • Avoid foods with high levels of artificial additives such as colourings or sweeteners as children can be highly sensitive to these. Such additives can severely affect their behaviour and/or make them sick.

  • We will inform you of any allergies in the pre-school that you need to be aware of when packing your child's lunch, eg, nut. Children with an allergy can suffer extreme reactions even via indirect contact.

  • Some fruits/foods can present a choking hazard. Fruits such as grapes, olives, cherry tomatoes and blueberries should be cut into halves (length ways) or quarters to reduce the risk. Sausages should be cut length ways. No fruit strings.

Food allergens...

Current food labelling regulations mean we must inform you if any of the 14 allergens listed below are contained in food and/or drinks supplied by the pre-school. You will be given a copy of the Snack and Allergen list with your Starter Pack and there is a copy below. The allergens are highlighted in bold print. For example, SNACK: Milk or water, fruit/vegetables

Please let us know if your child has any food allergies or intolerances or develops any in the future.

Here are the 14 allergens that we are required to inform you of:

· Cereals containing gluten such as wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt or khorasan

· Crustaceans for example prawns, crabs, lobster, crayfish

· Eggs

· Fish

· Peanuts

· Soybeans

· Milk (including lactose)

· Nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia (or Queensland) nuts

· Celery (including celeriac)

· Mustard

· Sesame seeds

· Sulphur dioxide (>10mg/kg or 10mg/L)

· Lupin

· Mollusc for example clams, mussels, whelks, oysters, snails and squid

Below is a list of regular snacks provided by the pre-school.

Details of the current week’s snack are posted on the write/wipe noticeboard outside.

Children who are known to have allergies will automatically not be offered anything they shouldn't eat.

Recipes will be checked for allergens and substitutions made if needed, eg, dairy free spread for butter or oat milk for cows milk.

Details of foods and ingredients used in Bake & Share Lunches will be included in the consent letter for the lunch. The same applies to the Christmas Party.

Food allergens snacks 2021.docx