- To satisfy each child’s nutritional needs.
- To encourage good food habits, table manners and considerate behaviour.
- To promote awareness of foods from other cultures. To recognise the foods associated with festivals in the different cultures we have presently at the preschool.
- To encourage active participation in food preparation and consideration of the qualities of healthy foods which provide good nourishment.
- To promote each child’s awareness of hygiene requirements when handling and preparing food.
- To foster positive attitudes towards food and mealtimes.
- To practice environmental awareness through purchase choices, recycling and waste reduction.
- The preschool has a low sugar policy and consequently sweets and ice-cream etc. are not served.
- To promote awareness of different food types and the need for a balanced diet. (Protein, carbohydrate, and fat). Condiments and accompaniments such as ketchup, gravy, jam etc. are optional.
- To provide food at regular times (breakfast upon request, morning snack, lunch, afternoon tea) and discourage in-between meal snacking.
NOTE: Children with special food requirements or allergies are provided for by supplying our caterers with full and regularly updated information. Clear information regarding foods / medication is displayed in the kitchen at all times and reviewed regularly by staff.
- Children are encouraged to serve themselves (independence and self-esteem).
- Children are asked to take small portions at first and then finish the food and drink they subsequently serve themselves (responsibility for own choice, waste reduction).
- Children are encouraged to try new foods (increased knowledge and experience of a variety of foods).
- Choices are provided whenever possible. Ex. Need to take one of the two sorts of vegetables / salad available. (Taking responsibility for own choices).
- Children are encouraged to judge their portion sizes appropriately and leave enough food for the rest of the group (consideration for others, table manners).
- Children say ’thank you for my food’ before leaving the table (table manners).