Food and drink Policy

Policy statement: Food and drink 

It is my policy that when children are provided with meals, snacks and drinks, in my setting these must be healthy, balanced and nutritious. Those responsible for the preparation and handling of food must be competent to do so.

Procedure (how I will put the statement into practice)

I will obtain, record and act on information from parents about a child’s dietary requirements.

Where parents provide meals for their children to eat in my setting I will provide chilled storage for packed lunches and appropriate storage areas for other foodstuffs.

I will also provide clean and age appropriate crockery and cutlery to enable the children to eat a packed lunch. .

Children will be provided with healthy meals and other healthy snacks and drinks as appropriate and recommended by the Food Standards Agency literature.

Fresh drinking water will be available at all times.

As a provider of meals and snacks I am aware of my responsibilities under food hygiene legislation. This includes, if necessary, registration with the relevant Local Authority Environmental Health Department. If this is the case then I am happy to have my premises inspected by a food safety officer.

Baby changing facilities will not be near food preparation areas.

Laundry will not be carried out during times of food preparation and any soiled clothing or detergents will not come into contact with food preparation areas.

If there is an outbreak of food poisoning affecting two or more children looked after on my premises I will notify Ofsted as soon as possible but definitely within 14 days of the incident occurring in order to comply with regulations.

I will keep all food receipts, including those under £10, so that if there is an outbreak of food poisoning on my premises I will be able to trace the outlet where the food was purchased.


Meeting the Early Years Foundation Stage welfare requirements

Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare The provider must promote the good health of the children in their care.


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