The aim of this policy is to ensure children eat a healthy, well-balanced lunch, thus promoting a healthy lifestyle. By encouraging healthy eating patterns we educate children for later life. Our aims are:
- To encourage healthy eating habits.
- To help children understand the link between a healthy diet and a healthy, active lifestyle
- To encourage children to experience a wide variety of foods.
- To improve dental hygiene.
- To help alleviate the litter problem in the school and to encourage recycling
- To maintain a nut free school status nut free school:
As we have a number of children with life threatening nut allergies, parents and children are asked to keep our school a nut free zone.
Healthy Lunch Options:
We encourage children to choose from the following foods regularly:
- Pitta bread
- Raw vegetables
- Cheese, lean meat, eggs, fish, salad
- Fruit Juice
- Yoghurt Drinks
Foods Never Allowed:
- Nuts and products containing nuts. This includes chocolate spreads and also multi seed breads
- Chewing Gum
- Fizzy Drinks
- Chocolate Spreads
- Hot drinks or soup.
On Fridays, we allow children to include a small treat in their lunch box – we recommend treats such as a fun sized bar.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Role of Parents:
- Provide a healthy well-balanced lunch for children.
- Encourage healthy eating.
- Inform the school of any child’s special dietary needs.
- To implement school policy by not allowing their children to bring chewing gum, crisps, popcorn, bars or sweets to school.
- To adhere to our Nut Free School Policy
Role of Children:
- To eat their lunch.
- To bring home any uneaten lunch.
- To help make their lunches and remind parents of the Healthy Lunch Policy.
- Not to bring chewing gum, crisps, popcorn, bars or sweets to school.
Role of Staff:
- The Staff will encourage healthy eating and educate the children in Health Education.
- They will be vigilant in maintaining a nut free school status.
- All food and drink consumed in school will follow the guidelines recommended in the food pyramid.
- Food can only be eaten in classrooms. Food may not be eaten in the toilets, while on doors, or be taken out into the yard.
- Each child will be asked to have a lunch box in which wrappings and remains of lunch will be taken home.
- Children will be encouraged to recycle.
- Children will be encouraged to participate in sporting activities as part of our school’s healthy eating/healthy lifestyle policy.
- Where teachers wish to use treats as rewards they will only do so on Fridays and/or the last days of term.
- It is important that staff observe the nut free policy also