FAQ’s – No Packed Lunches

  • Why was this decision made even though government haven’t specifically advised it and School and other settings are continuing with packed lunches?
  • We are making decisions following our own risk assessments to protect our staff and children. Any items bought into the Nursey from home could contain the virus, so the more we minimise the items from home, the less likely we are to spread the virus. We also had EHO tightening the expectations for packed lunches from home and are suggestion all food from home is labelled with the 14 allergens, which is impractical for parents and the setting. The combination of the above led to the decision.
  • I am worried my child will not eat nursery lunches and won’t like them whether these be hot or cold and they will go all day without a meal. Can I still bring in their own lunch?
  • If your child is booked in over the lunch period, bringing in food from home is no longer an option from the 1st June, due to the reasons stated in the letter to parents. If children have specific things that they like, we will endeavour to provide these for the children. E.G we have a child that will only eat Strawberries, banana, bread sticks, cheese cubes and cucumber – we will be able to provide all of these items for the cold lunch option.
  • My child has 2 year old funding and I cannot afford the £3 a day as they are fully funded and and I don’t currently pay anything towards their nursery space. Do I have to pay?
  • We would suggest that your child attends sessions that are not over the lunch period – then they will not incur a charge. 8-12 or 1-6.
  • If a child is on a payment plan and they are fully 2 year old funded. The agreement was she could still attend but there would be no extras, however now she will be charged £3 per day accruing more debt.
  • We would suggest that your child attends sessions that are not over the lunch period – then they will not incur a charge. 8-12 or 1-6.
  • What meals will be ordered as standard?
  • If your child has always had packed lunches from home, a cold lunch will be ordered by default unless you book otherwise.
  • What is the weaning menu option?
  • Weaning meals will also be available at a daily rate of £2.00, this follows the same format as the meals for older children and will remain the same regardless how many meals are booked.
  • What if my child is on the autistic spectrum and likes a particular bowl/particular texture or type of food?
  • Ideally please have 2 of these, and bring us the bowl that he/she insists on, to keep at nursery rather than bringing it in and out from home each day.  And please give us as much detail as possible on what your child eats and we will make sure we have these types of food as well as our normal menu available, and provided it is healthy food (eg not if its chocolate or sweets, and not if its an allergen, but yes if it’s a sandwich with a healthy spread).  This also gives us the opportunity to work on expanding your child’s options as they are often prepared to try more things with children around them doing so.

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