Howard Street, Rochdale, OL12 0PP
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Packed lunches represent a third of a child’s daily intake of foods and nutrients, which presents a great opportunity to promote healthy food choices for children. 

Content of Packed Lunches should include:

  • Fruit and Vegetables; at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables.
  • Protein; meat, fish, egg or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus or dhal).
  • Carbohydrate; starchy food such as bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes, chapattis.
  • Dairy; food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais, or calcium fortified Soya products, reduced fat versions of these should be used where possible.
  • Puddings; should be fruit based such as fruit salad, tinned fruit with yoghurt or custard, fruity rice pudding or fruit smoothies.

Packed lunches should not include any of the following:

  • Fried food or products such as, sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages.
  • Fizzy/sugary drinks in cartons, bottles or cans (including diet or energy drinks which can contain high levels of caffeine and other additives which are not suitable for children).
  • Confectionary such as chocolate bars and sweets.
  • Peanuts and peanut products.
  • Food that needs to warmed up.

Special diets and allergies:

We ask that parents/carers be aware of nut allergies and refrain from including peanuts or peanut butter in their child's packed lunch. Our nursery recognises that some children may also require special diets and in this case parents/carers are asked to make sure that packed lunches are as healthy as possible. Children are not permitted to swap food items.