Food and Drink Policy

Policy Statement:

It is our policy to promote good health by providing children with healthy, balanced and nutritious meals, snacks and drinks. Those responsible for the preparation and handling of food will be competent to do so and will have level 2 food handling/safety training.

Procedure:

  • Before a child starts in our care will obtain information about any special dietary and religious requirements, preferences and food allergies, and any special health requirements.
  • We will collect record and act on information from parents about a child’s dietary needs.
  • We will also provide children with clean and age-appropriate crockery and eating utensils.
  • We will respect the diversity of practice around mealtimes e.g. use of chopsticks or fingers for eating.
  • We encourage children to choose healthy options and to experiment by trying new foods from other cultures.
  • We will provide children with healthy meals, snacks and drinks as appropriate and recommended by the Food Standards Agency literature.
  • We will ensure fresh drinking water is available at all times, both in and outside our setting.
  • We are aware of our responsibilities under food hygiene legislation. This includes registration with the appropriate body as providing food and drink. We are happy to have our premises inspected by a food safety officer.
  • We will ensure suitable sterilisation of babies’ bottles and food equipment.
  • We will ensure that all work surfaces and cooking utensils have been thoroughly cleaned before any food preparation or food handling takes place. Family pets will not be allowed on the work surfaces.
  • Baby changing facilities will not be near food preparation areas.
  • We will ensure that everyone caring for children, as well as the children themselves, are aware of good hand washing procedures and how these are carried out.
  • If there is an outbreak of food poisoning affecting two or more children looked after on our premises we will notify Ofsted / Childminder Agency as soon as possible but definitely within 14 days of the incident occurring in order to comply with regulations.
  • We will keep a record of the fridge and freezer temperatures (if either is being used for childminding purposes) and take action if the fridge temperature is above 5oC or the freezer is above -18oC
  • We will keep all food receipts, including those under £10, so that if there is an outbreak of food poisoning on our premises we will be able to trace the outlet where the food was purchased.