Food and Drink Policy


Statement of intent


This setting regards snack and meal times as an important part of the setting's session/day. Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy eating.




At snack time we aim to provide nutritious food, which meets the children's individual dietary needs




  • Before a child starts to attend the setting, we find out from parents their children's dietary needs and preferences, including any allergies.
  • We record information about each child's dietary needs in her/his registration record and parents sign the record to signify that it is correct.
  • We regularly consult with parents to ensure that our records of their children's dietary needs - including any allergies - are up to date. Parents sign the up-dated record to signify that it is correct.
  • We display current information about individual children's dietary needs so that all staff and volunteers are fully informed about them.
  • We implement systems to ensure that children receive only food and drink that is consistent with their dietary needs and preferences as well as their parents' wishes.
  • We display the menus of snacks for the information of parents.
  • We take care not to provide food containing nuts or nut products and are especially vigilant where we have a child who has a known allergy to nuts.
  • Through discussion with parents and research reading by staff, we obtain information about the dietary rules of the religious groups to which children and their parents belong, and of vegetarians and vegans, and about food allergies. We take account of this information in the provision of food and drinks.
  • We organise snack times so that they are social occasions in which children and staff participate.
  • We use meal and snack times to help children to develop independence through making choices, serving food and drink and feeding themselves.
  • We provide children with utensils that are appropriate for their ages and stages of development and that take account of the eating practices in their cultures.
  • We have fresh drinking water constantly available for the children. We inform the children about how to obtain the water and that they can ask for water at any time during the session/day.
  • We inform parents who provide food for their children about the storage facilities available in the setting.
  • We give parents who provide food for their children information about suitable containers for food.
  • In order to protect children with food allergies, we have rules about children sharing and swapping their food with one another.
  • For children who drink milk, we provide whole pasteurised milk.


Packed lunches supplied by parents


At Silsoe Pre-School the children are required to bring packed lunches.


  • We encourage ice packs to be used in the lunch box to ensure freshness;
  • We inform parents of our policy on healthy eating;
  • We encourage parents to provide sandwiches with a healthy filling, fruit, and milk based deserts such as yoghurt or creme fresh (petit filou);
  • We discourage sweet drinks and can provide children with water or milk;
  • We discourage packed lunch contents that consist largely of crisps, processed foods, sweet drinks and sweet products such as cakes or biscuits. We reserve the right to return this food to the parent as a last resort;
  • We provide children bringing packed lunches with plates and cups
  • We ensure that staff sit with children to eat their lunch so that the mealtime is a social occasion.






This policy was adopted by:

Silsoe Pre-School


22/02/12 (Policy reviewed 14/12/14)