Starting children on a healthy diet helps them to develop good habits as well as to grow and develop healthily. You can learn more about your child's nutrition, including ideas of what to cook from the BDA Association of British Dieticians.
If you have any concerns about your child's eating, please talk to your Key Person, or see the 'Food for young children' tab on our Help from other organisations page for the special sessions run locally by HENRY.
This is what we do in our schools:
Staff who prepare food have at least Level 1 Food Hygiene Certificate. At Church Hill our Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating is 5, the maximum score.
Small groups cook regularly as part of the curriculum.
Meal times are a social event, where children and staff can talk about their interests, what they do at nursery and at home, and share enjoyment of the food available. We appreciate any information and advice parents can give about their children’s eating preferences and we will help them to try a wider range of food than they may have previously been used to.
Menus are displayed in advance on the board next to the dining room.
During every session we offer a variety of vegetarian healthy snacks for children to choose from — raw vegetables, cereals and fruit, water and milk. This is paid for by School Fund and our Milk grant. We do not offer any snacks containing nuts, gelatine, or other animal products.
Lunchtime food for Church Hill is prepared at the Walthamstow School for Girls kitchen. Our own chef comes into Low Hall to make lunch. We cater for vegetarians, halal meat eaters, non-vegetarians and children with special dietary requirements.
Tea is prepared in our kitchens.
Food is prepared in our kitchens. When children bring in packed lunches, we periodically assess the contents and where appropriate, encourage parents to send in healthier options.
We display photos of children with allergies explaining the allergy, the foods which can and can’t be eaten, the symptoms of an allergic reaction, the treatment required and any precautions that need to be taken during activities involving food e.g. craft/messy play. Lunch menus are agreed in advance, the ingredients are cross-checked against the list of allergies that children on roll have and appropriate action is taken to keep them safe.