McKellar Stewart Kindergarten
17a Regent Place, Kensington, South Australia 5068

Healthy eating policy

WE ARE A NUT AWARE KINDERGARTEN

We encourage healthy eating at McKellar Stewart Kindergarten so children will grow up with a sound knowledge of good nutrition and diet.

We implement this policy strictly by strongly discourage children to eat unhealthy food. Please support us by ensuring your child comes to kindergarten with a piece of fruit or a healthy alternative.

Snack time is part of every morning and afternoon session at McKellar Stewart Kindergarten. Parents and carers are asked to provide only healthy food for the following reasons:

Food we recommend include:

Fresh Fruits
Cheese
Milk
Yogurt
Water
Pikelets

Dry Biscuits
Dried Fruit
Muesli Bars
Fruit Muffins
Sandwiches with healthy fillings
Vegetables

Foods we DO NOT recommend include:

Nuts
Chips
Sweets
Cordial
Chocolate

Cakes
Sweet Biscuits
Fruit Roll ups
Soft Drink
Muesli Bars with nuts and/or chocolate

Note: Foods high in sugar eaten regularly across the day will cause tooth decay and have little nutritional value.

Drinks

Water Only. Please DO NOT send fruit juice or cordial; they are high in sugar and when spilt attract ants. A named plastic cup is all that is required for children to have a drink. Fresh water is always available. Fruit juice and cordial will not be allowed during kindergarten sessions and water bottles are not necessary.

Food guidelines for special occasions

At McKellar Stewart Kindergarten children have a healthy snack everyday that is regularly supplemented with cooking activities and 'treats'. We want children to learn that if we have regular healthy eating habits, the occasional treat is OK.

Children's birthdays are celebrated with "Happy Birthday" song and a card. Please do not send birthday cakes or other birthday food treats to kindergarten.

Guidelines for children on special diets

Children who have a food allergy to either nuts, egg, milk, wheat, fish or soy protein must not come into contact with the food they are allergic to. For this reason we strongly discourage nuts, nut products, chocolate products, cakes, buns, or sweet biscuits.

If your child is on a special diet for some other reason, please inform staff if this has any implications for Snack Time (or lunch time, if applicable).

Guidelines for lunch time care

Parents and carers of children who are at McKellar Stewart Kindergarten for lunch time care are encouraged to pack healthy lunches.

As lunchtime is a social event for the children, they enjoy eating together and "comparing" lunch boxes. Children will quite happily eat healthy food, but will often choose less healthy food if they are given the choice. Healthy eating habits are easier to model if all children are doing the same thing. Foods high in fat, sugar and salt are discouraged as everyday foods.

WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION AND SUPPORT IN IMPLEMENTING THIS POLICY THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE KINDERGARTEN.

Note: It can be hard to find healthy delicious food for your children's snack boxes. If you are stuck for ideas, we have some great recipes.

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