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Food and Drink Policy

A good balanced diet is vital for children to develop healthily along with fresh air and regular exercise.

I do not provide food and ask that all parents provide a lunch box for their child containing all the food they will require for the day.  I would respectfully ask that no chocolate or sweets are included.  Other children do not understand why one child has sweets when they do not.  Also, during the summer we go out a lot and chocolate tends to melt by lunchtime.

All food and drink will be consumed at the table and we will all sit and eat together at meal times to ensure that this is a regular, pleasant and social event.  I sit with the children and encourage them to talk and listen to each other, learning to respect each other’s views and opinions, likes and dislikes, etc.  I encourage children to take turns, share and be polite and also encourage common courtesies such as saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

I am aware of my responsibilities under food hygiene legislation and have registered with the relevant Environmental Health Department.  I am happy to have my premises inspected by an Environmental Health Officer.

I will ensure that all work surfaces and utensils have been thoroughly cleaned before any food preparation or food handling takes place.

Baby changing facilities will not be near food preparation areas.

Laundry will not be carried out during times of food preparation and any soiled clothing or detergents will not come into contact with food preparation areas.

If there is an outbreak of food poisoning affecting two or more children looked after on my premises, I will notify Ofsted as soon as reasonably practicable but in any event within 14 days of the incident occurring in order to comply with regulations. 

I completed a food safety course in June 2012.