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Eating Well: snacks for 1-4 year olds

A useful guide from First Steps Nutrition Trust.

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Typically, we might offer cereal, (e.g Multigrain hoop, Shreddies, Weetabix) toast with a choice of savoury and sweet toppings, crumpets and milk or water.

Morning and Afternoon Snack

We offer a healthy snack each session including a carbohydrate and fruit or vegetables and a choice of milk or water. Typical examples might be breadsticks and hummus or rice cakes, toast with a choice of savoury and sweet toppings. Toasted fruit cake, biscuits fruit and/or vegetables for example apples, grapes, banana, melon, carrots or dried fruits apricot and raisins.

Lunch time

We ask that the children bring a healthy packed lunch in a named bag.  Food will not be refrigerated but will be stored in a cool place so you may wish to put an ice pack into their lunchbox too. No glass bottles or food to be reheated please.

Ideas for packed lunch could include;

  • The three-bowl approach: fill one bowl with fruit, one with treats and one with dairy. Just add a sandwich, a bottle of water and lunch is ready.
  • Use avocado as a spread instead of butter or margarine.
  • Children need a serving of protein at lunchtime. Ensure you include lean meat, egg, peanut butter, or tuna.
  • Add a chilled bottle of water and limit juice.
  • Instead of sandwiches: try bagels, wraps, multi-grain sandwich crackers, pitta bread, hot cross buns.
  • The leftover lunch: Cook a little extra dinner the night before and save for lunch the next day. Roast chicken, pasta salad, quiche, homemade pizza slices and sausages are just a few examples that are delicious cold for lunch.

Out of Hours Tea

We now offer a range of foods for the children attending our Out of Hours tea time session, this includes tuna and sweetcorn pasta, potato wedges, sweet and sour chicken (soya based protein) sausage casserole, sausages and mash, salads, hotdogs, pizzas, Jacket Potatoes. There always is the option of beans/spaghetti on toast, soup or just a sandwich. Yoghurt, fruit, milk or water.

Before your child starts with us, you will have the opportunity to inform us of any intolerance or allergy your child has and we will take measures to ensure they are not brought into contact with the allergen.