Food Policy

Food & Drink Policy
Our aim is to provide the healthiest food possible for your child. Research shows what an important effect healthy eating has on a child’s ability to learn. We try to improve the health of the local community by promoting ways to establish and maintain lifelong healthy eating habits.
Food Provision in Nursery
 Finger foods and drinks - finger foods and milk are provided for children at designated periods
during the morning and afternoon (between 8.30am and 9.30am / 2.30pm and 3.30pm). It is
entirely up to your child to choose from the food and drinks on offer.
 Water is available to children all day
 In the morning we will provide a selection of cereals, for example cornflakes or rice krispies and
a variety of fresh fruit such as apples, bananas and strawberries
 In the afternoon we will provide a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a variety of
finger foods including breadsticks and dips such as hummus and soft cheese
NB: Children with special dietary requirements will be catered for on an individual basis.
For Babies Up to 6 Months
 Parents are asked to bring in clearly named and labelled bottles, feeds will be prepared in
nursery.
For Babies up to 6—9 Months
 From six months onwards solid foods should be introduced in line with guidance from the
Department of Heath and the Department for Education and Skills (DFES)
 Parents are asked to provide a daily supply of morning and / or afternoon food - this food will
not replace the baby’s main meal which is provided within the nursery fee cost.
 Please send the food suitable for serving at room temperature in clearly named, labelled sterile
jars / containers
 We recommend foods such as rice cereal mixed with breast milk or infant milk and pureed
vegetable such as carrot, parsnip, sweet potato, potato, cauliflower or broccoli as well as
pureed fruits such as apple, pear, apricot, banana, mango or peach
NB As baby gets used to different food other foods can be introduced—whole milk products such as natural yoghurt, fromage frais, cottage cheese (opt for products with no added sugar). Although cow’s milk should not be given as a drink until baby is one year old, it can be used for mixing food such as cereal or adding to potatoes.
As weaning develops further you can bring in finger foods which encourage baby to chew. These can include cooked vegetable pieces, slices of soft, ripe, peeled fruits, bread crusts, pitta breads, rice cakes and cubes of cheese.
Hot Meals
 A cooked lunch is offered to all children from 6 months
 Focus is given to a nutritional and healthy balance
 Team members eat with children encouraging social skills, language development and
appropriate behaviour
 You will be provided with information on what your child has eaten
Please note that we aim to provide all of our nursery team members the opportunity to undertake a Basic Food Hygiene Certificate. Our nursery team members will practise good hygiene standards when feeding your child. We politely request that you help us maintain these standards by providing clean, sterile bottles and containers to ensure that all cleanliness procedures are followed.
A full copy of our Food & Drink Policy is available on request. Sure Start Hyndburn are happy to discuss any aspect of our Food & Drink Policy.