Healthy Eating Policy
Moorhouse Healthy Eating Policy
We believe that healthy eating should be a part of a healthy lifestyle and with the support of the governing body, teachers, parents and catering staff we can encourage the children to eat a more balanced diet.
Research suggests that there is a link between diet and chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, dental health and obesity. Evidence indicates that childhood nutrition contributes to the immediate health but can also set a pattern for later life.
We believe that this school has an important role to play in educating our children through the National Curriculum and PSHCE to develop healthy eating habits. In order to help achieve this we need to provide the children through our school meals service with food that is not only enjoyable but also nutritious.
Aims and Objectives
We aim to encourage our children to develop healthy eating and drinking habits by :-
- Promoting clear and consistent messages about food, drink and nutrition through the classroom setting.
- Through the provision of food and drink at lunchtimes and at Breakfast Club.
- As members of the National Fruit Scheme for the infants and allowing only fruit , raw vegetables or health snack bars for the junior children at break times.
- By making water available through the use of water bottles and water fountains throughout the day.
- By encouraging parents to provide healthy lunch boxes and not to include sweets, chocolate treats and fizzy or sugary drinks. Water is provided for all pupils at lunchtime.
- Year 1, 2. 3, nursery and reception currently take part in teeth brushing at afternoon registration.
The Taught Curriculum
Through education about healthy eating we aim to enable children to make healthy and informed choices by increasing knowledge, changing attitudes and enhancing skills. This will be achieved through:-
- The range of curriculum opportunities e.g. science where children will be taught through such subjects as ‘Ourselves’, PSHCE and science lessons and visiting speakers etc.
- A variety of cross curricular activities e.g. Healthy Eating Days, Healthy Schools Activity Days and Special Lunch Days and Cookery Clubs.
- Practical opportunities for developing food growing, handling, preparation in school to complement National Curriculum e.g. for religious festivals, food tasting activities related to foods from other countries, cultures such as Chinese New Year.
The Food Service
We aim to provide a service that is consistent with our teaching of Healthy Eating thus enabling children to put into practice their learning in the curriculum.
We aim to provide our pupils with the opportunity to eat a healthy, balanced meal, by making use of good quality ingredients, fruit and vegetables etc. Our salad bar is always available and pupils are encouraged to choose items and try new foods.
We will have strategies in place to promote healthier options such as:-
- Information prominently displayed in the dining hall e.g. a weekly menu or information about special food days.
- The appearance of food served is enhanced by its presentation i.e. the use of garnishes etc.
- To provide portions of adequate size form the children is an important factor in our lunch provision. i.e. children are encouraged to try a range of foods but those children who only have small appetites are not over faced with large meals.
- The cost of school meals is decided in line with the Rochdale Authority.
- Queuing is kept to a minimum, this being regulated by lunchtime organisers.
- Special events/healthy promotions are notified to parents through newsletters and posters in the dining hall.
Quality of the Environment
Although the space in our dining area is limited, we aim to make our dining area user friendly by:-
- Trying to keep the noise levels to a reasonable level, play calming music in the background.
- The opportunity to eat food without being rushed, this is especially important for our youngest pupils who do tend to eat more slowly.
- We aim to provide suitable furnishings to utilize the space provided and decorate the hall for special occasions e.g. Christmas.
- Lunchtime organisers and teaching assistants supervise the children in the dining area with the support of a member of the Senior Management Team.
- The layout of the tables etc are sited to make the maximum use of space without the children feeling squashed or not given sufficient space to eat their meal comfortably.
We encourage children to eat breakfast before attending school.
We provide pupils who attend the Breakfast Club with the opportunity to eat healthy, balanced food. Each morning the children are offered a variety of cereals and toast etc with fresh juice or milk and water to drink.
We only allow raw fruit or vegetables and healthy snacks such as cereal bars for break time for all of the children to bring all the children in line with the Fruit for Schools Initiative. We have a snack shop in KS2 at break selling fruit, cereal bars, bread sticks etc. for 20p.
Rewards and Treats
From time to time there will be treats in school, for example pupils’ bringing in treats for classmates when it is their birthday – these will be given out at the end of the school day and not consumed in class. Christmas and Eid parties and bake sale fundraisers are a regular feature of the school year. Donated food must be fully labelled with allergen / dietary advice. This is to protect the health of pupils and staff with allergies and food intolerances.
Fresh drinking water will be available at all times. All children are issued with a free water bottle. If lost or damaged they can be replaced by buying one at the school office (£2).
If you choose for your child to have packed lunches, we will encourage parents/carers to provide their children with a healthy varied packed lunch each day. This will be achieved by:-
- Healthy eating articles in newsletters/website.
- Advice and resources such as leaflets.
- Invitations to healthy eating events in school eg. fruit tasting.
- Organising special cook and eat sessions for parents/carers.
School will store packed lunches in a cool, hygienic area away from direct sunlight.
Pupils with individual health requirements, for example with allergies will be catered for. There are meat free and Halal options on our menus.
On healthy eating issues in school we will work with the following agencies:-
- Oral Health Team
- Community Dietician
- School Nurse
- Health Promotion
- Healthy School Co-ordinators Ms Brougham, Mrs Howard, Miss Bond
Monitoring and Evaluation
We will use the following success criteria to monitor and evaluate our work on healthy eating. Success criteria will include:-
- Increased uptake of healthier food in the dining room.
- Reduction in the amount of high fat, high sugar and high salt food being consumed during the school day.
- Greater understanding/ awareness by children of the need to eat a nutritious and balanced diet.
Methods of data collection may include:-
- Surveying the school community to monitor understanding and perceptions of healthy eating and also suggestions as to how to improve the provision of healthier options in school.
- Monitoring the coverage of healthy eating in the curriculum.
- Healthy Eating Questionnaire.
- Monitoring the amount of litter in the school grounds.
- The ‘sugar clock’ to monitor the frequency of sugar attacks on teeth. (Children fill in the clock face every time they consume a sugar containing food /drink).
Last updated November 2018
Review December 2020