Last week, at our third Prep Parent Transition session, we shared some of our tips and ideas about the different types of food, lunch boxes and what is ‘just the right amount’ of food to send to school.
Our school aims to be a nut-free school. We do have a number of children at school who have life threatening allergies to foods such as nuts. In order to keep them safe, we ask that children do not bring food that contains nuts such as peanut butter sandwiches, snack packets of nuts, muesli bars that contain nuts, etc. We also ask that parents consider other allergies that we have at school, such as allergies to eggs. We cannot accept any egg cartons at school as these too may cause an anaphylactic reaction if they are handled. If there is a child at high risk in your child’s year level we will let you know what their allergy is and support everyone to ensure that the school environment stays as safe as possible.
Our school is working hard to become a more sustainable and environmentally responsible school. One of the ways we do that is focus on how much waste we create and this is where Nude Food comes in. Nude Food is quite simply food that comes in reusable containers. Rather than wrapping food in glad wrap or aluminium foil or choosing packaged snacks we ask that the food is popped into named containers. (Please make sure that all parts of the containers are clearly labelled with your child’s full name using a permanent marker (lids, main sections, any part that can separate!)
There are three types of food at school:
Brain food: small amount of chopped up fruit or vegetable only. This is a food that is easily eaten while the children are sitting on the carpet or working at a table. This is eaten around 10am to provide the children with some extra energy to get them through the morning. Gabriel knows which food is his brain food because his lunch box has three compartments nad he knows which on eis for brain food, which one if for snack and which
Snack: in 2017 this will be eaten around 10.30am as the preps and Year 1 children will have an earlier snack time so that they can enjoy the Junior Playground and Enchanted garden with a smaller number of children . At the beginning of the year the Prep children are given time to work out which food is there snack and eat it inside. Examples of good snack food are cut up fruit or veggies, a small apple or banana (oranges are difficult to peel!), raisins or sultanas, cookies or muffin.We encourage the children to eat inside so that all rubbish is in the bin and not in the yard!
Lunch: please make sure that lunch is ‘just enough and not too much’. One of our Mums also said that a good tip is to encourage your child to eat any of their left overs after school while the children are playing in the yard. You know your child’s appetite so pack what you think your child will eat. Sometimes too much food can be overwhelming and put children off eating if they have a roll the size of their head to eat for lunch! Your child’s teacher will monitor your child’s eating and let you know if there are any issues. At the beginning of the year the Prep teachers give the children lots of time to eat their lunch (they usually start at about 12.30) and as the year goes on and the children become more confident lunch moves closer to 1pm. By the end of the year many of the children are able to eat their lunch within the ten minute eating time (1.00 – 1.10pm) but if not, the teachers make sure they still have plenty of time to eat.
Lunch orders: lunch orders are available every day from Beaver’s Tail. Click here to go to the website to find out more.
To help your child find eating times less challenging, it is a really good idea if you can go for a few picnics with your child over the holidays so that they can get used to their different food containers and can learn how to open them themselves. Sometimes brand new lids can be a bit tricky to get off!
The children are not allowed to share food at school. However, sometimes other children’s lunch boxes can look quite tempting if they are filled with junk food so we ask you to limit this type of food if you can.
We cannot heat up any food and we recommend that you keep the food you send in easy to eat. Try and avoid anything that needs too much cutlery.
Finally: birthdays! Birthdays are a very special time for our children and we enjoy celebrating these special milestones with them (each child is given a birthday sticker at assembly and is a very special moment!) After discussion with our parent community this year, our policy is that we are happy for the children to bring in small cupcakes to share with their grade. This food is only given out after the children have eaten the food provided by their parents. Some parents choose to bring the birthday food in at the end of the day and then parents can decide whether their child can have the cupcake or not.
If you have any more questions about eating at school then please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
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Posted on 05/11/15 in Prep Transition Blog