Telephone Number:- 02380 864 228 Calmore Infant School Calmore Drive  Calmore, Totton SO40 - 2ZZ AT CALMORE Registered Charity Number:- 1062510
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Food & Drink
At Caterpillar’s we regard snack and meal times as an important part of our day.  Eating represents a social time for children and adults and helps children to learn about healthy eating. Procedures Before the child joins us, we find out from parents their child’s dietary needs and preferences, including any allergies. We record this information on the registration form and ask parents to sign it to ensure it is correct. We regularly update these details. We display current information about an individual child’s needs in the kitchen so that all staff are aware and fully informed. We implement systems to ensure that children receive only food and drink that is consistent with their dietary needs and preferences as well as their parents’ wishes. We include foods from different cultural backgrounds where possible. We organise snack and lunch times to help children develop independence through making choices, serving food and drink and feeding themselves. We provide children with utensils that are appropriate for their ages and stages of development. We have fresh drinking water constantly available for the children.  We inform parents who provide lunches for their children about the storage facilities available, and give them information regarding suitable containers. We do not allow food sharing or swapping due to allergies. We encourage parents to provide sandwiches with a healthy filling.  We do not allow any fizzy drinks within our setting. We regularly give parents helpful updates regarding packed lunches,   Food Hygiene At Caterpillars we provide and serve snacks; we serve packed lunches that have been provided by parents. All staff that prepare and serve food, carry out daily checks in the kitchen to ensure food standards are met consistently. Food is stored at the correct temperature and is checked it is in-date, and not subject to contamination by pests, rodents or mould. Packed lunches are served in a cool place. All food preparation areas are cleaned before use as well as after use. The same applies to all utensils and crockery used. Waste food is disposed of daily. Cleaning materials and other dangerous materials are stored out of children’s reach. Children do not have unsupervised access to the kitchen. When children take part in cooking  activities: o They are supervised at all times o They are taught the importance of hand washing and simple hygiene rules o They are kept away from hot surfaces and hot water o They do not have unsupervised access to electrical appliances Food poisoning can occur for a number of reasons; not all cases of sickness or diarrhoea are as a result of food poisoning and not all cases of sickness and diarrhoea are reportable. If any children or adults have been diagnosed by a GP or hospital doctor to be suffering from food poisoning and where it seems possible that the source of the outbreak is within the setting, the Manager will contact the Environmental Health Department and the Health Protection Agency, to report the outbreak and will comply with any investigation. If the food poisoning is identified as a notifiable disease under the Public Health Regulations 1988, we will report the matter to Ofsted. References to other relevant policies: Safeguarding Children & Child Protection, Confidentiality & Client Access to records, Information Sharing, Valuing Diversity & Promoting Equality , Achieving Positive Behaviour, The Role of the Key Person, Children’s Records Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Information This policy will be monitored and evaluated as per our rolling programme at staff meetings. It will be reviewed annually by the Chairperson in conjunction with the staff team and Committee unless new legislation or an incident occurs which requires an immediate review of the policy    This policy was adopted on: July 2017
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