Poplar Pre-School (CIO)

Allington, Maidstone, ME16 0DE



Lunch is part of the afternoon session, if your child has not stayed for lunch before, we have put together the following information to give you a few ideas:   

  • The children learn about healthy food and teeth, and we regularly talk to the children about making healthy choices. In order to support children to develop a healthy relationship with food, they can eat their lunch in any order that they want and eat how much they want or need.
  • Anything that is not eaten will be left in their lunchbox so you will be able to see what your child has had.
  • We encourage parents to provide a healthy balanced lunch for their child.

Packed lunch contents might include:

  • Sandwiches, crackers, pasta, rice or noodles (we are not able to heat food for children’s lunch).
  • Fruit (e.g. strawberries, blueberries or grapes) and vegetables (e.g. carrot sticks, cucumber, tomatoes).
  • Yoghurts, cheese, sausages, hummus.
  • All grapes, tomatoes and sausages should be sliced long ways to reduce the risk of choking.
  • Lunch boxes with lots of treats in, may result in a child only choosing to eat the cake, crisps and biscuits.

Packed lunches MUST NOT contain:

  • Fizzy drinks or cans.
  • Sweets inc. chocolate bars.
  • NUTS of any kind including Peanut butter, Chocolate/hazelnut spread as a sandwich filling (Allergy risk).

Additional info:

  • Please can you put an ice pack in the lunch bag to keep food cool.
  • Please make sure that your child’s name is clearly marked on their lunch box and drink bottle. Water will be available.

For many of the children, eating lunch at pre-school is the first time they have eaten away from parents/carers, we try to make it as trouble free as possible and an enjoyable experience for the children.

Thank you