Rationale:

To promote children’s health and well being through sound nutritional practices.

Eating habits in the early years lay the foundation for future health; children need good energy food to promote their growth.

Aims:

  • To ensure that all children understand the connection between healthy food and having a healthy body.

 

  • To educate parents about healthy lunchbox contents through the “Healthy Food List”.

 

Strategies:

  • Make nutrition information available for parents/whanau in the parent library.
  • Provide stories and activities about nutrition for the children.
  • Teachers will role model healthy eating at lunchtime to encourage healthy eating habits. Teachers will talk about which foods are the most nutritious.
  • The Centre will provide healthy morning and afternoon teas consisting of sandwiches, crackers or muffins, fruit and water.
  • Lunchbox guidelines will be included in the introduction pack to all parents.  If a child’s lunchbox is not consistent with the expectations of the Centre, a letter will be placed in the lunchbox and unsuitable food items removed to be returned to the whanau.
  • There is a blessing or Karakia before every meal served.
  • If food is refused, encouragement is offered. If food is still refused, an alternative will be offered. Children are empowered by having control over their food intake, by allowing self choice (when practical).
  • Allergies, food intolerances and special dietary requirements will be the shared responsibility of the child’s family and the centre.
  • If a child’s allergy is life-threatening a management plan will be put in place to ensure all staff know emergency protocols
  • Due to the severity of peanut allergies the centre is a Nut Free Zone. There are no nuts, peanuts or peanut butter kept on the premises. We request that whanau do not send peanut butter toast/sandwiches or packets of nuts.
  • A record of all meals served is kept in the Day Book.
  • Activities focusing on food, nutrition, health and food safety will be incorporated into the centre’s programme.
  • Foods high in fat, sodium or sugar content are kept to the minimum or just for special occasions.
  • Ensure that staff and children use good hygiene practices such as hand washing before eating, preparing food and going to the toilet.
  • Sterile dishwashing facilities ensure eating utensils are cleaned thoroughly.
  • Water is always available to children. Children are discouraged from sharing cups and bottles.

Lunch:

Healthy lunches are encouraged. Eating habits in the early years lay the foundation for future health.

Children need good energy food to promote their growth. 

It is the Parents/Caregivers responsibility to ensure a healthy lunch is provided.