Healthy Eating and Healthy Teeth

Snack

We serve snack during both morning and afternoon sessions. Each snack offered comprises a selection of fresh fruit and of toast, cracker, brioche or breadstick along with a choice of milk or water to drink.
We encourage the children to serve themselves and make a healthy choice.
 

Lunch

Our lunch club sessions are held between 12 noon and 12.30pm, with parents providing their child with a packed lunch. If your child receives funding, this hour will be included in their funded hours; for those children not yet receiving funding, the lunch hour will be charged at the normal hourly rate of £4.50.

The emphasis of our lunch club is to promote healthy eating, educating the children on the importance of washing their hands before eating, and promoting good table manners in a relaxed and happy atmosphere.

Lunch boxes or bags are stored on our lunch club trolley and we ask parents to ensure these contain a small ice pack to keep the contents chilled. 

Once the children are settled they are given half an hour to eat their food, with the remaining time being spent on quiet play.

All children eat at different paces and therefore to enable the children to finish eating their packed lunch, we ask parents/carers to provide a realistic portion of food to eat in their lunch boxes for the time provided.

The children will be encouraged to eat their food in a particular order, for example sandwiches, dairy, fruit and then treats such as cereal bars and chocolate biscuits.

As part of our healthy eating philosophy we provide milk or water as drinking options at snack times and children have access to drinking water at all other times in the day.

When choosing a drink for a lunch box we recommend fresh juice, sugar free cordials or squash. We would appreciate it if children are not provided with fizzy drinks.
 

Teeth Cleaning

Teeth CleaningAt Pre-School all 3 and 4 years olds are given the opportunity to take part in the NHS oral hygiene programme. Children are given a ‘goodie bag’ which contains a toothbrush, toothpaste and a timer for them to use at home. With parental consent children are then included in the daily toothbrushing session in the afternoons. This is led by a staff member who encourages the children with their toothbrushing.