Mealtimes & Snacks At La Petite Academy
Meal times are an integral and social part of the day at La Petite Academy. We have devised a six weekly seasonal menu, to ensure the children are able to try a variety of foods.
This is updated and reviewed twice a year taking into account the seasons, feedback from parents and interaction with the children over mealtimes. The nursery ensures that it meets all the children’s nutritional needs, as well as honouring individual and family dietary requirements. The managing director has had nutrition training and works closely with the cook to ensure we follow the guidance laid down by the Early Years Code of Practice for Food and Drink.
At La Petite Academy, we use the whole day as well as meals and snacks to teach children about healthy eating and encourage a positive attitude towards mealtimes. All staff eat lunch with the children on small tables of 5-8 and encourage knife, fork and spoon control, good manners and independence through serving cold snacks and cold dishes at meal times.
Fresh fruits are served at Breakfast, Lunch and Tea Times to minimalise acid attacks between meals on the children’s teeth.
The children have the opportunity to develop their independency skills such as accessing their own placemat and cutlery, pouring their own drinks, self-serving cold food and then, at the end of the meal, scraping their own plates and helping to tidy the table away.
After lunch, the Preschool group go to the bathroom to brush their teeth and clean their faces with a flannel. Toothbrushes are brought in from home, labelled and kept at nursery ready for this midday activity.
We have a qualified cook who prepares the meals each day and all staff who handle food have received Food Hygiene training. The practitioners talk to children about food in a knowledgeable and enthusiastic way. We even have a healthy eating corner in Preschool where there is always a range of fruit and vegetables for the children to explore.
Throughout the day, breakfast is served between 8am – 8.15am, a mid-morning snack around 10am, lunch and pudding between 11-30 and 12-30 depending on the child’s age as well as a mid-afternoon snack and light tea at around 3.30pm. Water is of course offered continually throughout the day, however milk is offered at snack time.
Practitioners attended oral hygiene training to raise their awareness of good practices in order to support children and their parents in this important aspect of children’s health.