Arthurlie Family Centre

Healthy Lunches


Every day in nursery children talk and learn about healthy eating and demonstrate their learning by growing in confidence in making healthy food choices during snack routines and in their conversations with peers and staff.

Children attending the wraparound lunchtime session follow a set routine which makes the whole experience a pleasant and enjoyable one.

The lunchtime routine goes like this:

  • At 12:00pm a member of staff will take the children staying for lunch to the toilet and then direct them to wash their hands.
  • At 12:10pm children will be in the community hall seated together at the lunch table and staff will offer assistance to any children requiring help in opening their lunch boxes and its contents.
  • While lunch is being eaten, calming music is played as the children and staff converse amongst themselves following good routines.
  • Children who are finished their lunch are encouraged to tidy their place at the table.
  • Children can then request to leave the table to play with the activities set out by staff.
  • Children should be collected from the hall by 12.50pm, parents are asked to sign their child out of nursery before leaving.
  • Children staying for the afternoon session will be taken outside or back to the playroom.


As children only have a short time to eat their lunch it is best if they are not given too much food.   A healthy lunch might be :

One/two small sandwiches or a wholemeal roll

A small yoghurt or fromage frais

A piece of fruit

A non-fizzy drink (low or no sugar)

A piece of cheese.

We know that not all children like to eat a sandwich and might prefer to eat:

Vegetable sticks / pasta / crackers and cheese.


We do ask that you do not bring any hot food into nursery.


As we are a health promoting nursery we ask that you support our ‘Healthy Eating Policy’ by not giving your child any fizzy drinks/ chocolate bars/biscuits or chocolate yoghurts/sweets. Children learn that these are treats to have with their family at home.

We are also a ‘nut free’ nursery as some children can have varying degrees of nut allergy which can be very harmful to a child.

Each week children will be given a ‘Healthy Lunch’ sticker when they bring a healthy lunch to nursery.


Please remember to place an ice pack into your child’s lunch box to keep food fresh.


We hope that current parents will continue to support our Healthy Eating Policy, and our new parents will join us in promoting healthy habits.


Thanks for your co-operation.


Christine Bell

Depute Head of Centre.

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