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.
The policy will need monitoring and reviewing regularly in line with other policies you have.