Snacks, meals and other consumables
For parents/carers wishing to provide children with their own snacks from home, please note that any snacks provided should only consist of fresh fruit and must be sealed in Tupperware that is clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Ideas of things you may provide for your child’s snack include:-
If you would like to provide your child with their own lunch time meal from home, this must also be sealed in a packed lunch bag that is clearly labelled with their name. Parents/carers must make every effort to ensure that guidance regarding packed lunches is followed. This can be seen below.
Guidance on healthy packed lunches
Packed lunches are to include:-
- At least one portion of fruit or vegetables every day.
- Meat, fish or another source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, beans, soya or hummus,) every day (usually as part of a sandwich, roll or salad).
- Oily fish, such as pilchards, salmon or tuna occasionally.
- A starchy food such as bread, pasta, rice, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day.
- Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard.
- A drink: water is best followed by semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, sugar free squash, drinking yoghurt, milk drinks or smoothies.
- Cereal bars rather than cakes and biscuits.
- Pretzels, seeds, fruit, crackers and cheese, and vegetable or bread sticks with a dip.
- Curries (vegetable or chicken)
- Boiled rice
Food NOT TO INCLUDE in a healthy packed lunch
- Confectionery such as chocolate bars.
- Sweets are not allowed at lunch or any other time.
- Nut or nut products (although they can be very healthy) because of the danger to other children with allergies.
- Fizzy drinks as these are mostly very unhealthy and are likely to make a mess and spoil food.
- Any foods which have been fried in oil.
The nursery also recognises that some pupils may have verified medical conditions requiring special diets that do not allow for the standards to be met exactly. In this case parents/carers are urged to be responsible in ensuring that packed lunches are as healthy as possible.
Where parents/carers do not wish to pay any contributions towards consumables, such as wet wipes and sun cream etc., these must be placed in a bag and supplied from home.