Eating and drinking

During our session fresh drinking water is readily available for the children to access and help themselves.

At snack time we offer our children snacks consisting of a minimum of 3 varieties of fruit, a carbohydrate such as toast, pitta bread, cracker, bread stick with butter, fresh semi skimmed milk or water.

Should your child have any special dietary requirements, we will work with you to accommodate their needs.

Lunch club

If you have opted for your child to join us for lunch club, you will need to supply them with a healthy packed lunch and drink.

A good packed lunch may contain:

  • A starchy food, such as bread, rolls, pitta bread, naan bread, potatoes, rice or noodles. These foods are good for children to fill up on.
  • A good source of protein, iron and zinc such as meat, fish, beans, nuts or eggs.
  • A good source of calcium such as milk, cheese, yoghurt or fromage frais.
  • And one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetable or salad to provide all the other vitamins and minerals. A piece of fruit could be a 100% juice, a piece of fresh fruit, dried fruit or tinned fruit in fruit juice. A piece of vegetable could be a fresh vegetable such as a carrot stick, salad, vegetable soup or vegetable dish.

No single food contains all the essential nutrients the body needs to be healthy and function efficiently, so it is important that the content of the packed lunch is varied.

Unfortunately, lunch bags cannot be stored in a refrigerator, please can you consider placing an ice pack in the bag to help keep your child’s meal cool and fresh. This could be:

  • Commercial gel packs.
  • Water frozen in a rigid, leak proof plastic container.
  • Ice cubes in a leak proof container.
  • A frozen juice carton – The carton will have defrosted by lunchtime.

For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/livewell/goodfood