Snacks & Lunches
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.
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.