Healthy eating policies

An agreed written policy on healthy eating helps to ensure that the food sent with children by their parents to the pre-school and /or your own food, complies with government initiatives and for the general well-being of the children.

A health promotion policy is a statement of practice. It outlines to everyone involved in child care service as to the practice that takes place in the setting. Many preschool service providers have moved to a broader health promotion policy that incorporates healthy eating, the environment, food service and physical activity.

Steps

  1. Establish a health policy/committee including management, teachers, cooks, cleaners and parents
  2. Group prepares a draft policy
  3. Group sends policy to everyone for consultation
  4. Group reviews consultation comments
  5. Approval
  6. Highlight and display policy
  7. Implementation
  8. Monitoring, annual review and assessment by committee

A policy is a written list of things you have agreed on and intend to do. An agreed written policy helps to ensure that the food sent with children by their parents to the pre-school complies with the healthy eating requirements in government initiatives and for the general well-being of the children.

The policy should:

  • Be easily visible in the entrance/hallway or main service room
  • Contain information on the "whole school" environment including physical activity practice, food, nutrition practice, dental health and confidence
  • Be prepared using the "whole school" approach with all members of the service community involved in its production. These would include management, teacher, cooks, cleaners and parents.
  • Clearly note the names of those involved in setting up the policy
  • Have a clearly visible date for annual review

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