Charlton Kings Infants’ School
Food and drink policy Prepared by J E Pandazis
Last reviewed: 2016
Contents Responsibilities School mission statement Aims Objectives Methods Specific issues Review
Responsibilities The head teacher, staff and governors, recognise the important connection between a healthy diet and the child's ability to learn effectively at school. In writing this policy regard has been paid to the revised School Food Trust Standards. We also recognise the role that a school can play, as part of the wider community, to promote family health and sustainable food and farming practices.
Mission Our educational mission is to improve the health of the school community by teaching pupils, and sometimes parents, ways to establish and maintain life-long healthy and environmentally sustainable eating habits. We will accomplish our mission through food education, as part of PSHE and Citizenship, through science schemes of work appropriate to the infant age range, Health Week and by continuing dialogue with parents.
Aims Our aims are:
to improve the health of pupils and staff by helping to influence their eating habits by increasing their knowledge and awareness of food issues; to increase pupils’ knowledge of food production, manufacturing, distribution and marketing practices and their impact on both health and the environment (at a basic level); to ensure pupils, who are provided with a free lunch, or those attending Kids’ Club, are well nourished and that every pupil has access to a safe, easily available water supply during the school day; to make the provision and consumption of food an enjoyable and safe experience; to introduce and promote practices within the school to reinforce these aims.
Objectives Our objectives are:
to work to ensure that this policy is accepted and embraced by those outlined below: - governors; - teaching staff; - teaching assistants; - pupils; - parents; - food providers; - the wider community. 3
to integrate our aims into all aspects of school life and in particular with: - food provision; - the curriculum; - pastoral and social activities.
Methods In overseeing this policy: the head teacher and PSHE coordinator will establish an effective structure to oversee the development, implementation and monitoring of the PSHE and Citizenship Policy; all staff will help to develop an understanding and ethos within the school of safe, tasty, nutritious, environmentally sustainable food, through both education and example; as far as possible, with this age group, staff will help to promote and raise awareness of environmentally sustainable food production methods and socially responsible food marketing practices in PSHE& Citizenship and geography lessons; the head teacher will liaise with the caterers providing hot lunches freshly cooked on-site; the head teacher will report to governors upon the success of the policy and other associated issues annually.
Specific issues Kids’ Club Breakfast The club will: endeavour to provide healthy food for the children including low fat spread, toast, jams/spreads, fresh fruit, water, fruit juice, and semi (or skimmed) milk or a warm drink; encourage the children to sit still to eat and to take part in quiet conversation; prepare food in their kitchenette with staff ensuring that food is stored and prepared hygienically. There is a charge made for the service. After school The club will: give out a snack in the library/studio; allocate some of these to eat and drink: nuts or seeds (with no added salt, sugar or fat); vegetables; fruit; water; semi (or skimmed) milk; vegetable or fruit juice with no additives and minimal sugar. 4
There is a charge made for the service.
Snack time We will ensure that: only fruit or vegetables will be allowed at playtime; additional fruit will be provided for each child from the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.
Lunchtime We will ensure that: new parents they will be requested to provide a healthy lunch for their children if they are providing from home; fizzy drinks and hot food are not brought in; glass bottles are not brought in because of health and safety issues; litter is taken home or disposed of thoughtfully; food is recycled; parents are reminded of the above through the occasional newsletter; school lunches will be prepared by a catering company on our site; free school hot dinner content will follow the Food Standards Guidelines; pupils with allergies (disclosed in writing by parents) will be catered for and their well-being monitored.
Water in school We will ensure that: water will be available on demand throughout the year in each classroom; children will be asked to bring a bottle of water from home in addition to their lunchtime drink and parents will be informed of this.
Prizes/Rewards We will ensure that: rewards at parties, special weeks, Christmas, etc. will be infrequent treats; cakes will be allowed only three times a year when the PFA hold Cake Sales midmorning as a treat.
Curriculum As part of our broad curriculum children may engage in cookery lessons within the classroom. Food prepared may be of the sweet or savoury type and will often have a seasonal or international theme eg. Swedish biscuits, traditional Christmas cake, etc. 5
Additionally, during Health Week annually, children will make healthy salads, fruit smoothies, fruit salads, etc
Review This policy was originally discussed with staff, governors and parents. It will be reviewed and amended as appropriate and if necessary. A copy can be found on our website: ckis.org.uk