A good diet is important for good health. At Eagley Junior School we recognise the important relationship between a healthy diet and a child’s ability to learn effectively.
It is our policy that we promote and encourage healthy lifestyles and therefore healthy eating at break time and lunch time.
The school aims to:
• improve the health of children, staff and families by helping to influence eating habits through increased knowledge;
• increase awareness of food issues, including what constitutes a healthy and environmentally sustainable diet;
• present consistent informed messages about healthy eating within school through all school practices.
We regard healthy eating education as a whole school issue and we believe that opportunities to teach about the importance of a healthy lifestyle occur throughout the curriculum.
At Eagley Junior School, education about healthy eating is delivered within a whole school approach which may include:
• pastoral time (e.g. circle time)
• PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education)
• special assemblies/visits by agencies
• Science (food & nutrition, microbes)
In order to promote healthy eating, the school has drawn up procedures for food eaten during the school day.
• Packed lunches – parents and carers are expected to provide healthy packed lunches for their children. Fizzy drinks, chocolate and sweets are not allowed in packed lunches.
• Playtime snacks – the only playtime snacks allowed are raw fruit and vegetables, or dried fruit.
• All children are encouraged to bring their own water bottle each day, which they can keep in class to allow them easy access to water throughout the school day.
• At lunchtime, children having hot dinners or packed lunches eat together and can sit with their friends.
• Special events – school ensures that healthy options are available at special
events such as discos, Christmas parties, school trips, etc.
• At Eagley Junior School, we are proud of the outside environment in which we provide pupils with opportunities to grow fruit and vegetables.
Roles & responsibilities
- Monitor policy and its impact
- Report to governors as required
- Monitor policy
- Support head in guidelines
The school is aware that the primary role in children’s healthy eating education lies with parents/carers. We wish to build a positive and supporting relationship with the parents and carers of children at our school through mutual understanding, trust and co-operation. In promoting this we will:
Inform parents and carers of the school’s Healthy Eating policy and practice;
Take seriously any issues which parents/carers raise with teachers or governors about this policy;
Encourage parents to be involved in reviewing school policy and making modifications as necessary;
Inform parents/carers about the best practice known with regard to healthy eating, so they can support the key messages being given to children at school.
Health & Safety
The school will take appropriate measures to manage the implications for children with specific conditions, including
Banning certain food where required (e.g. where there are children with peanut allergies)
Ensuring wherever possible that the School Meals Service caters for children with allergies/eating disorders/ diabetes etc.