At Richmond Preschool we aim to encourage sound nutrition practices which when started early may lay a solid foundation for life. For this reason we would like you to pay particular attention to providing a nutritious morning tea and lunch for your child. Richmond Preschool provides water for your child whilst at preschool.
Please be advised of recommended foods and foods not recommended for preschool. We believe that encouraging good nutrition now, sets patterns for healthy eating later in life.
Please be aware that some products may appear to be healthy but are actually high in sugar, salt and fat. Richmond Preschool abides by Department of Family and Community Services regulations in relation to nutrition.
- Encourage healthy eating habits in young children by ensuring parents provide children with nutritious food for the day at preschool.
- Provide parent education regarding healthy food and drink options for children.
- Reinforce healthy eating habits and good nutrition through the preschools programme.
- Provide a positive eating environment which reflects cultural and family values
- Follow the key messages outlined in Munch and Move and support the National Healthy Eating Guidelines for Early Childhood settings.
- Richmond Preschool recognizes the importance of healthy eating to the growth and development of young children and is committed to supporting the healthy food and drink choices of children in our care.
- All families will be provided with a copy of the Nutrition Policy at orientation.
- Richmond Preschool will provide all parents with information regarding healthy eating habits via the Parent Information Book, reminders in the newsletter as well as information passed on from Hawkesbury District Health Services and by distribution of any N.S.W. Health Department literature/pamphlets.
- Promote the key messages from Get up and Grow.
- A list of recommended and discouraged food will be given to all families and displayed on each fridge and the notice board from time to time.
- Parents are asked to place all foods in the fridge in the child’s room upon arrival at preschool. All food should be clearly labeled with their child’s name.
- Richmond Preschool provides drinking water at all times via a 3 bubbler trough on the verandah.
- We support mothers who are breastfeeding
- At lunch and snack water is provided for the children.
- Children can bring water to preschool in a drink bottle
- Richmond Preschool will provide a lunch for children who do not bring anything (i.e. basic sandwich or Jatz and cheese).
- Food is not reheated
- We will support families in providing healthy food and drink to their children.
- Children are exposed to food of different cultures via cooking experiences. Children are encouraged to try the different food. Discussions are a follow up to the experience.
- Children and staff wash their hands before handling food or eating meals and snacks
- Children are encouraged to participate in a variety of ‘hands on’ food preparation experiences
- Food awareness activities will be included in the preschool programs to foster awareness and understanding of healthy foods and drinks. Ingredient notes will be displayed for parents.
- Where there is a family with cultural practices regarding food, Richmond Preschool will ensure these are respected and adhered to. There is an opportunity on the enrolment form to inform staff of such practices.
- Where there is a child with an allergy to a certain food / food group Richmond Preschool will try to ensure the child does not come into contact with this food (see Safety Policy and Food Intolerance/ Allergy Policy) and consult with families to develop individual management plans.
- Children who have allergies or intolerances will have an alternative food supplied for them by their family so that they can celebrate special occasions with the other children.
- Food that does not meet requirements as set out in the Parent Information Book will be sent home. Richmond Preschool will provide suitable replacement if no other food has been provided for the child. Staff will explain to child and parent why the food is not suitable.
- Ensure that children do not have access to foods that may cause choking
- Foods that children are encouraged to bring are from the 5 healthy food groups.
- We will ensure Children are supervised when they are eating or drinking.
- Staff will access appropriate professional development when offered to enhance their knowledge about early childhood nutrition.
- Richmond Preschool staff are aware of N.S.W. dietary guidelines.
- Food preparation will be carried out on hygienic surfaces (see hygiene policy).
- The temperature of the refrigerator will be monitored to ensure it remains around 3.5 degrees C or below.
- Food is stored and served at safe temperatures ie below 5C
- Separate sinks are used for craft and food preparation/washing up.
- All food will be handled using tongs, and/or gloves ,and/or washed hands.
- Children will be discouraged from handling other children’s food and utensils.
- Create a relaxed atmosphere where children have enough time to eat and enjoy their food as well as enjoying the social interactions with educators and other children.
- Communicate regularly with families and provide information and advice on appropriate food and drink to be included in childrens lunchboxes. This information may be provided to families in a variety of ways including factsheets, newsletters, during orientation and informal discussions.
- Special occasion food (e.g. birthdays, Christmas parties, topic associated) is provided from time to time. Staff will ensure children consume this food safely i.e. consideration of content and amount.
- Being a Community Services funded service, Richmond Preschool is required to meet certain guidelines and standards to continue receiving funding, one of those being providing nutritional advice and encouragement to families.
- Packet chips/twisties/corn chips/cheezels etc
- Peanut butter
- Anything chocolate
- Flavoured milk
- Chocolate, cream or iced biscuits
- Iced cake
- Fairy bread
- Jelly/jelly cups/fruit jelly
- Fruit lollies
- Desert cups eg yogo
- Cottage cheese
- Baked beans
- Fruit salad
- Rice salad
- Noodle salad
- Tinned fruit (no added sugar)
- Baked vegetable slices
- Rice crackers
- Dried fruit e.g. sultanas, prunes, dates, apricots, etc
- Rissole/fish cakes
- Salada/Vita Wheat
- Vegetables e.g. cucumber, celery, tomatoes, baby beets, snow peas, carrot sticks, capsicum.
Please do not send the following foods:
Some lunch time ideas:
Sandwiches (on variety of breads e.g. pita, pocket, rye, multi-grain, Lebanese, mountain bread)
Remember to ensure your child’s lunch is SAFE, please store it in the classroom refrigerator. Please place an ice brick into your childs thermal lunch bag to ensure inside temperature is kept cold. Food poisoning can result from incorrect storage of food so store lunches safely.