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Lunch Club 

At Buttsbury Pre-School, we have a lunch club available for all children attending full-day or afternoon sessions. The club starts at 11:40am, and we require caregivers to provide a healthy packed lunch in a named lunch box. The lunch box should be brought into the session and left on our red lunch trolley in the main foyer. This provides the perfect opportunity for children to develop their independence, so we suggest using easy-to-open containers and child-friendly cutlery.

 

Please note that there is no need to send in drinks as milk and water will be provided throughout the day, including lunch club.

To ensure that lunchtime is manageable, we have a half-hour limit. We kindly request that you don't send your child with excessive food. While you know your child's appetite best, we suggest a small portion of pasta or a sandwich, a piece of fruit, some yoghurt, or a small salad.

Food Safety at Pre-School

As an early years setting, we have strict guidelines and standards that we must adhere to, especially when it comes to the handling and storage of food. We kindly request that you follow the below rules when preparing lunch for your children:

 

  • Please ensure that all lunch boxes contain a cool pack.

  • For the safety of the children with severe nut allergies, we kindly request that no nuts or nut products be brought to preschool. This includes peanut butter, Nutella, and cherry bakewell cakes. This also applies to any products which contain the phrasing 'may contain nuts' on their packaging.

  • Please indicate the contents of homemade items or those not in their original packaging and specify whether they are 'no-nuts' products. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the removal and disposal of the item from the playroom. 
     

  • We encourage healthy eating, so please avoid adding chocolate or sweets to your child's lunch bag.

  • For safety reasons, we will not allow marshmallows, popcorn, chewing gum, small hard round sweets, or small hard chocolates to be given to children under five. If we notice these items in their bags, we will remove them.

  • To minimise the chance of choking while your child is eating, it's best to cut grapes, large blueberries, and cherry tomatoes into quarters, lengthwise. Additionally, please make sure to remove the stones from any cherries.

Further Guidance for Parents

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GOV.UK

Food Standards Agency

Download the choking hazard and food preparation advice tables which are also used by the staff here at Buttsbury Pre-school: https://foundationyears.org.uk/2021/09/food-safety-advice-on-choking-hazards-in-settings/

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Early Start Nutrition

Explore the ways to cut fruit and vegetables to prevent choking by Early Start Nutrition on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCjZLbejZm8

NHS

Look through the vast array of resources created by the NHS to assist with weaning and feeding your babies and toddlers: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/baby/weaning-and-feeding/

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