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Lunch Box Policy

High Five EEC - Lunch Box Policy
 
Rationale
Early childhood is a time in a child’s life where children develop positive habits and attitudes towards food and eating.  At High Five we provide a healthy food environment.

In preparation for school we aim to encourage children and families to be aware of the impact that packaged items have on the environment and how to make healthier and cost effective choices.

High Five inspires and promotes respectful values in all aspects of life and is part of and responsible to the community and Papatuanuku and aims to be a place where children grow into happy and confident people.  
 
Te Whāriki:
Well-Being/Mana Atua
Goal 1- Children experience an environment where their health is promoted.
Children develop:
  • Increasing understanding of their bodies and how they work
  • Knowledge about how to keep themselves healthy
  • Self-help and self-care skills for eating, drinking, food preparation.
  • Positive attitudes towards eating. 
Procedure
  • Lunch box day happens once a week at the senior school in preparation for school.
  • We provide a nut free environment throughout High Five.  This includes all nut/peanut based products (eg: nutella, muesli bars, peanut butter, foods cooked in nut based oils).  However at times when no one has allergies to peanuts the senior school maybe invited to bring these items in their lunch boxes.  You will be advised.
  • Please do not include lollies, processed fruit bars/shapes, chocolate, fizzy drinks, juice, flavoured milk drinks, or cordials in lunch boxes at High Five.  These items are also often prohibited/discouraged at schools in the primary sector.
  • Discouraged food will be returned.  Children will be offered an alternative.
  • Each child needs to bring their own, named water bottle, containing water only, lunch boxes must also be named.
  • A lunch box could include food such as: Fruit, sandwiches, filled pita bread, vegetables, salads (pasta, couscous), yoghurt, dried fruit, cruskits.  On cold days, soup or noodles in a thermos is a good alternative. 
  • Please refer to our Health and Nutrition Policy.
  • An adult will ensure that children have clean and dry hands before eating.
  • Staff will approach the parent individually if a child’s lunchbox is not consistent with the expectations of the centre.
  • Staff will supervise children at lunch time to encourage healthy eating  habits.
  • A folder containing current information regarding healthy food options will be available to both parents and whanau.
  • Please refer to the healthy options folder at the main entrance in each centre. 
Alternatives to packaged goods - and storage solutions:
  • Instead of chocolate yogurt - Home made yoghurt or buy large sized yoghurt and store in a small plastic container.
  • Instead of “Fruit” roll ups – healthy alternative is REAL FRUIT/ Dried fruit
  • Instead of Le Snack etc - Cut up pieces of cheese with plain crackers.
  • Instead of chocolate muffins - Fruit muffins (home made?)/ Home made fruit loafs
  • Instead of muesli bars with chocolate - Home made muesli bar/ fruit
  • Instead of Tiny Teddies packs - Pretzels/Plain biscuits/Home made
  • Instead of chippies - Vege sticks/Plain crackers
  • Instead of processed cheese slices - Cheese sticks cut from large block
  • Alternatives for packaging to discourage waste – paper wrap bags instead of glad wrap, recycled/reusable containers, paper wrap.
  • Partitioned lunch boxes keep food separated with out the use of any coverings. 
Before School Check
  • Lunch time at school is a social event that requires independence, self-help skills and confidence.  Therefore in order to prevent confusion and embarrassment, we suggest you are aware of your schools lunch box policy.
  • Ensure your child is able to independently open all contents of the lunch box; sometimes a teacher may not be around to help.  For example put a little nick in the top of a banana. 
  • Check – does your child know how to open a yogurt pottle.
  • Have the correct utensils in their lunchbox, e.g. a spoon for yoghurt, a fork for a salad.
  • At school there is often no facility/ability to heat food up.  Baked beans/rice or pasta salads will need to be eaten cold unless in a thermos or insulated container.
  • Remember your child has a small stomach so they do not need a lot of food.  Please check your schools lunch box policy because some primary schools encourage junior children to eat the entire contents of their lunch box.  
  
Reviewed March 2014
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