Health and Hygiene Policy
We see mealtimes as a very important time of the day, it allows the children to socialise with one another and learn about healthy eating. We aim to provide nutritious and well-balanced meals for all children.
Prior to a child starting at our setting we require any dietary needs and preferences, including any allergies. We display this information clearly in the kitchen and the eating area to ensure all requirements are met. We also have in place a traffic light system with our plates and bowls and each child has the colour relevant to their own needs. For example; a red plate/bowl would be for children with allergies, a yellow plate/bowl will be used for children with restrictions such as; being a vegetarian and green is good to go for all the children that can try everything! When the practitioners take the food from the kitchen, it is signed out by both the chef and carer to ensure each child has the correct meal for their individual needs.
Parents can see our menus in the entrance of the setting and also on our website we encourage them to contribute towards ideas to make sure their children are receiving the best variety of food.
Fresh drinking water is always available to the children throughout the day. The children are aware that their water bottles are out and ready at any point in the day for them to have a drink when needed.
If 2 or more parents notify us of their child having food poisoning, we must notify Ofsted as soon as reasonably practical but within 14 days of the incident.
Free flow play -
During free flow play we allow the children to decide whether they want to play indoors or outdoors. Our setting allows easy access for children to move between the 2 areas.
This gives the children plenty of opportunity to play in the fresh air through outdoor play.
Hand Hygiene -
It is important that we make sure both staff and children are washing their hands on a regular basis, this is one of the most effective ways to control the spread of germs.
We have several basins available to make sure hands are washed after toilet use and before and after food. We have signs in all areas to show each child how they should be washing their hands.
Children are also encouraged to cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing and then to wash their hands.
We also have hand sanitisers throughout the premises.
COVID 19 Update.
Children and staff are encouraged to wash their hand regularly throughout the day for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Children, staff and visitors are also asked to wash their hands using the portable hand washing stations at the front of the building before entering or leaving the setting.
Cleaning and Clearing -
We have disposable gloves and body fluid spillage kits for when staff need to clear up after a child has been sick, if they have been bleeding or for any other bodily fluid. All affected areas will then be cleaned with paper towels and disinfected immediately.
If the child has contaminated their clothes then they must be removed from the child, placed in plastic bags and given to parents to take home.
All staff dealing with food will have been on a food and hygiene course.
They must wash their hands and wear protective clothing before preparing or handling food. All hot food will be checked to make sure it is above 75 degrees.
Staff will be using appropriate chopping boards and utensils when handling meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. Any adult with contagious infection or illness will not be allowed to prepare or handle food.
All food that is going to be re-used will need to be kept covered and refrigerated where appropriate.