Food & Drink

Water

Children are asked to bring water in a named bottle that they recognise as their own. They have free access to this all day and it is topped up when necessary.

Snack Time

We ask that your child brings in a piece of their favourite fruit – up to a maximum of three times per week. The children help to prepare the fruit using child friendly cutlery and it is shared at snack time. In the past, as well as the usual apples, bananas and oranges, the children have tried mange tout, Sharon fruit, red and green peppers and lots more. The children select 5 pieces of fruit into a bowl and then with support, pour themselves a cup of milk or water. We take into account any allergies, intolerances or religious beliefs when serving snack time.

Lunch Time

Please bring a healthy packed lunch from home.

Healthy lunch boxes

If your child stays for lunch with us you may find the following information useful.

A healthy lunchbox should:

  • be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta)
  • include fresh fruit and vegetables/salad
  • include a source of protein such as beans and pulses, eggs, fish, meat, cheese (or dairy alternative)
  • include a side dish such as a low-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt (or dairy alternative), tea cake, fruit bread, plain rice/corn cakes, homemade plain popcorn, sugar-free jelly
  • include a drink such as water, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, sugar-free or no-added-sugar drinks

Children often like food they can eat with their fingers. Try these ideas:

  • Chop up raw veggies – such as carrots or peppers, and give them hummus or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in.
  • Chop up fruit – such as apple, satsuma segments, strawberries, blueberries, halved grapes (sliced long ways) or melon slices. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to stop them from going brown.
  • Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers –make great finger foods. Try spreading low-fat soft cheese on them.
  • Choose malt loaf, tea cakes, fruit breads or fruit – instead of cake, chocolate, cereal bars and biscuits. Fruit can be fresh or canned (in juice, not syrup).

There is more information at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/the-eatwell-guide.aspx

You can also find healthy lunchbox ideas at Change4Life.