Snacks v Meals

March 26, 2018

We cook up to 32 evening meals at each setting every day.  Yes, that’s a lot of food, so why not just provide snacks and reduce the cost?


Snacks by nature are simple to store, easy to prepare and therefore tend to be one food group. Perhaps a piece of fruit – sweet and tasty – high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and carbohydrates.  The downside is that active children don’t stay full on snacks for long, maybe 45 minutes on a banana.  Hungry children tire more quickly, struggle to play together cooperatively and lack emotional self-control.  So, we offer a snack straight after school and a meal by 5pm to keep children happier until bedtime.  Our evening meals provide the variety and nutrition that growing bodies need.  We all sit down to eat together, sharing stories about our day.  Children practice pouring drinks, using a knife and fork, clearing away.


Of course there is much debate about our tea-time menu, such as the nutritional benefits of Spaghetti Bolognese over Beef Burgers and Chips.  We look at the school lunch menu to make sure we offer something different, families share favourite recipes, the children make convincing arguments and then we vote fairly to reach a decision for the next term’s meals. It’s a tough task for the team but a crucial and tasty learning journey for everyone.


Head over to your setting page and have a look at your menu.  Maybe you could share some new recipes with us too!


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