What this looks like in practice
- The area where children eat in the setting is clean, warm and bright, and you have furniture, plates and cutlery suitable for young children.
- Children are involved in preparing, cooking or serving foods where appropriate.
- They help to set the table and to tidy up after meals and snack times.
- Children are encouraged to try new foods.
- The setting uses meal and snack times as an opportunity to talk to children about healthy eating, to act as positive role models and to help children develop good eating habits and social skills.
- Children enough time to finish their meals and snacks.
- There is an agreed approach to manage fussy eating at mealtimes.
- Food and drinks brought from home are appropriately labelled and stored
- Staff sit with the children at meal times and act as positive role modles
This is a good example from The Lighthouse day nursery in Wigston. They promote healthy eating amongst the staff and have a fruit of the week. This is evidence of staff being good role models and the leadership and management supporting their staff.