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Policies & Procedures


Diet

The sharing of refreshments can play an important part in the social life of the nursery school, as well as reinforcing children’s understanding of the importance of healthy eating.

Buttercups will ensure that:

Before a child starts to attend the nursery school we find out from parents/carers their children’s dietary needs, including any allergies.

We record information about each child’s dietary needs in his/hers registration record and parents/carers sign the record to signify that it is correct.

We regularly consult with parents/carers to ensure that our records of their children’s dietary needs – including any allergies – are up to date.  Parents/carers sign the up-dated record to signify that it is correct.

We display current information about individual children’s dietary needs so that all staff and volunteers are fully informed about them.

We implement systems to ensure that children receive only food and drink, which is consistent with their dietary needs and their parent/carers wishes.

We plan menus of meals/snacks for the information of parent/carers.

We display the menus/snacks for the information of parents/carers.

We provide nutritious food at all meals and snacks, avoiding large quantities of fat, sugar, salt and artificial additives, preservatives and colourings.

We include the following elements in meals, which are offered: protein for growth – essential minerals and vitamins in raw foods, salads and fruits.

Through discussions with parents/carers and research reading by staff, we obtain information about the dietary rules of the religious groups to which children and their parents/carers belong and of vegetarians and vegans and about food allergies.  We take account of this information in the provision of food and drinks.

We require staff to show sensitivity in providing for children’s diets and allergies.  Staffs do not use a child’s diet or allergy as a label for the child, or make a child feel singled out because of her/his diet or allergy.

We organise meal and snack times so that they are social occasions in which children and staff participate.

We use meal and snack times to help children to develop independence through making choices, serving food and drink and feeding themselves.

We provide children with utensils which are appropriate for their ages and stages of development and which take into account the eating practices in their cultures.

We have fresh drinking water constantly available for the children.  The children use their own water bottles throughout the day and we inform children how to obtain more water if needed.

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