Sunrise Nursery is committed to offering children healthy, nutritious and balanced meals and snacks which meet individual needs and requirements.
We provide a balanced and healthy midday meal, morning snack and an afternoon tea for children attending a full day at the nursery. Staff will sit with the children and eat the same food, encouraging good table manners and healthy eating. We provide nutritious food at all times, avoiding large quantities of fat and sugar. We will also avoid salt, artificial additives, preservatives and colourings. Morning snack will include fresh fruit and carboyhdrates. Menus will be planned in advance, rotated on a 24 meal rota and will reflect cultural diversity and variation. These will be displayed weekly. Lunch menus will include lots of vegetables and pulses as well as fish and vegetarian meals.
Individual dietary requirements will be respected. We will gather information from parents regarding their children’s dietary needs including any known allergies. The details of all allergies and special requirements will be displayed in the main kitchen as well as each room’s kitchen. If appropriate we will carry out a risk assessment in the case of allergies and work alongside parents to put into place an individual diet plan for their child. Children who have any additional dietary requirements will be typed in red ink on the daily register so any member of staff from any room will be aware of the situation. Full details will be clearly marked in the child’s profile. If a child has a nut allergy NUT will be shown after their name on the daily registers. Staff will show sensitivity in providing for children’s diets and allergies. They would not use a child’s diet or allergy as a label for the child, or make a child feel singled out because of her/his diet or allergy. We will strive to make any ‘freefrom’ meal look similar to the meal served to the rest of the children.
Staff will set a good example and eat with the children, sitting at the table and showing good table manners. All meal times will be organised so that they are social occasions in which children and staff participate in small groups. During meals children will be encouraged to use their manners and say 'please' and 'thank you' and conversation will be encouraged and extended.
Staff will use meal times to help promote children to develop independence through making choices, serving food and drink, and feeding themselves. Staff will support children to make healthy choices and understand the need for healthy eating.
We will provide foods from the diet of each of the children’s cultural backgrounds, providing children with familiar foods and introducing them to new ones. Cultural differences in eating habits will be respected.
Any child who shows signs of distress at being faced with a meal he/she does not like will have his food removed without any fuss. They will not be punished in any way if they do not wish to eat. If a child does not finish his first course, he/she will still be given a small helping of dessert. Children not on special diets will be encouraged to eat a small piece of everything. Withholding food will never be used as a punishment. Children who refuse to eat at the mealtime will be offered food later in the day. Children who are slow eaters will be given time and not rushed. Quantities offered will take into account the ages of the children being catered for. If a child does not eat well during the day their parents will be informed.
Fresh drinking water will be constantly available and frequently offered to all our children and babies. Full fat milk for the under two’s and semi-skimmed milk for the over two’s will be offered at morning snack and afternoon tea. Children will have a homemade cake on their birthday, but it will be low in sugar and will not contain large amounts of icing. Wherever possible all the children in the room will be involved in baking the birthday cake.