Providing healthy snacks and drinks, taking account of individual ethical or medical requirements.
Involving children in the preparation of snacks, which allows opportunities to learn about healthy eating, food hygiene, and safety when using tools such as knives.
- Encouraging parents/carers to provide donations of fresh fruit and vegetables for the children to prepare for snack.
- Requesting that children bring their own container of water to nursery and encouraging them to drink regularly.
- Providing a jug of water and beakers for children and staff, which are available at all times.
- Issuing guidelines to parents about healthy packed lunches.
- Staff setting a good example by selecting healthy foods for their own packed lunches.
- Using mealtimes as an opportunity to discuss food and increase awareness of nutritional foods.
- Providing opportunities for children to grow fruit and vegetables, then to use them for cooking or for snack preparation.
- Organising cooking activities, which allows opportunities to discuss healthy eating, food hygiene, and safety issues.
- Providing each child with their own folder of healthy eating recipes that they have cooked.
- Encouraging parents to contribute healthy recipes for the children to cook.
- Providing other activities in line with the EYFS curriculum, which foster a greater knowledge of healthy eating.
- Raising awareness of the variety of healthy foods through celebrating multicultural diversity.
All of the staff undergo a food hygiene training course.
Before preparing food children and staff must:
- Tie long hair back.
- Wear clean aprons.
- Wash their hands thoroughly.
- Ensure that cuts or abrasions are covered with blue plasters.
- Clean work surfaces with an antibacterial cleaner.
Before eating food:
- Hands are washed thoroughly.
- Table tops are cleaned with an antibacterial cleaner.
Happy Bunnies children are taught how to wash their hands thoroughly, and are expected to always wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.
A list of children’s food allergies and intolerances is placed on the inside of the kitchen cupboard door, and also displayed on the nursery notice board. Details are also on each child’s registration form. All members of staff are made aware of individual children’s needs prior to their starting at Nursery School. Key Persons are responsible for updating this information.
Happy bunnies children are always well supervised when they are cooking or preparing snack.
Our children are not allowed in the kitchen, unless accompanied by a member of the nursery staff, which is usually for the purpose of a cooking activity.
Our children are taught about the dangers of eating unknown foods, such as berries, and that they should always check with an adult before eating something.
Through the nursery curriculum we teach the children about the dangers of burns and scalds, from heat or steam
As part of the nursery curriculum, in line with the EYFS, children are encouraged to take part in activities that help to promote their health and enhance their knowledge of health and safety issues:
- A range of physical activities are provided daily, both indoors and outdoors, which all of the children are encouraged to access.
- We have a dance teacher, sports coach and gymnastics instructor, who regularly work at here to ensure variety of physical activities and expert instruction.
- Our children learn about the importance of cleanliness from the nursery staff, and also from other professionals such as Health Visitors and Community Nurses, who are regularly invited to the nursery school to take part in delivering the curriculum.
- Safety issues are frequently discussed, with the help of others who come into the nursery school in order to enhance this area of the curriculum, such as Police Officers and Fire Fighters.
- Other health related issues, such as the importance of sleep, are taught at nursery school.