In Kindy we promote healthy eating habits. We discuss and sort foods into groups (healthy and occasional/sometimes foods). When we sit down to eat our recess and lunch the children are encouraged to find and eat all their fruit and vegetables and healthy foods first.
When your child attends Kindy, around one third of your child’s daily food intake occurs at school. Aim to provide a lunch box with food from each of the five food groups to ensure your child is getting all the energy and nutrients they need to strive at school.
- The connection between ‘what’ we eat and drink and our long term health outcomes, not to mention how well we perform at school (and in life) has been well established.
- Developing brains need healthy, low fat, low sugar, low salt foods.
- Lunchboxes should be full of plenty of fruit and vegetables, eggs, sandwiches, cheese, yoghurt, tuna, etc as opposed to expensive and nutrient poor snack foods. Aim to provide your child with a well-balanced, healthy recess/lunch with the minimum of packaging.
- While treats are acceptable every now and then, please find creative ways and be good role models for developing good eating habits while children are still young – this is a gift you give for life!
- All children’s lunch boxes require a frozen ‘brick’ to keep the lunchbox temperature cool especially during the warmer months. Insulated lunch bags are also recommended.
- There are loads of good ideas on the internet and on our website. Remember the healthy diet your child enjoys today, paves the way for lasting health into adulthood.