Example Healthy Tots nutrition and food policy
Advantages of having a policy
A successful nutrition and food policy is one that is written in consultation with parents/carers alongside listening where possible to the children in your care. It is often helpful to establish a group to develop the policy. In the group you can invite parents/carers, your cook and appropriate members of staff that have an interest in food, nutrition and healthy eating.
You may have a lot of unwritten rules around food and eating. Formulating them into a policy ensures that everyone is aware of your setting's approach to food and will provide information to parents/carers and staff about this. Everyone will be working towards the same goals.
A policy will also ensure that if parents/carers send food in with their children, it complies with your guidance.
Your policy can be where you offer guidance about allergies we would recommend that it is good practice to ask if the food choice they are requesting is;
- Parental Preference and not under a medical professional
- Allergy and a copy of the diet sheet is supplied
If this is part of your Healthy Eating Policy, you can tell parent/cares that they MUST supply their child's diet sheet or a note from their GP /health professional and inform them that is for you records only. You can reassure them that you will try and honour any parental preferences where you can however to create a more inclusive Healthy Eating Environment you will be take the best approach possible.
The policy will need monitoring and reviewing regularly in line with other policies you have.