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Food and nutrition

‘It is vital for our children to eat well – otherwise they won’t grow up onto healthy, happy adults’ NHS -Change4life

We are dedicated to providing an environment that promotes a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet enabling all children and staff to make informed choices about the food they eat.  We aim to follow and adhere to the principles and legislative requirements of the EYFS and Local Education Authority requirements.

‘Where Early Years settings give children meals, snacks and drinks, these must be healthy balanced and nutritious’ - Early Years Foundation Stage

The nutritional principles of this policy are based on current evidence base findings; including the Eat well Plate; British Nutrition Foundation and the NHS Start4life/change4life.


  • To enable healthy food choices through our provision and attitudes.
  • To provide healthy, balanced and nutritional food/drink to children in our care.
  • To promote a healthy balanced diet to parents/carers and ensure any food brought in from home compliments this.
  • To ensure food is nutritionally appropriate to the age of each child and complies with recommended portion sizes. 

Physical activity

We are committed to promoting the health and well-being of our children and staff through physical activity. 

Physical activity in young children is defined as:

  • Activity that involves trunk movements and more exertion that the minimal movement required to carry out simple everyday tasks such as washing, bathing, dressing or activities such as playing board games or other passive play. (Making the case for UK Physical Activity Guidelines, Early Years Working Paper)

Current UK physical activity recommendations state that children and young people should be active for a total of 3 hours a day. (Chief Medical Officers Report, 2011)

We strive to maximize opportunities for children, young people, staff and all associated with our nursery to be physically active by promoting all avenues for activity. This includes curriculum, environment and the wider community.

Our objectives are:

  • To enable children, staff and parents/carers to understand the importance of physical activity through the provision of information and development of appropriate skills and attitudes.
  • To provide and promote opportunities for staff and children to be physically active throughout and beyond the setting.
  • To increase physical activity levels of the children in line with national targets.

Sleep management

At Ibstock Day Nursery we see sleep as an important part of a child's daily care and well-being from the younger babies through to the pre-school aged children.

Experts acknowledge that sleep plays a significant role in brain development and it is therefore important for children to get enough sleep as their bodies grow and mature.

As well as the role it plays in brain development, sleep also plays an important role in our brain’s day-to-day ability to function. Lack of sleep makes it much harder for us to concentrate, and we become forgetful, irritable and prone to being clumsy and making mistakes. Furthermore, scientific evidence shows that the right amount of night-time sleep is just as important for children’s development as healthy eating and regular exercise.

Sleep is very important to a child's wellbeing. A lack of sleep can cause a child to become hyperactive and disagreeable, and have extremes in behaviour.

Although we aim to support parents’ requests with sleeping patterns, no child will be deprived of sleep if it is necessary for them to have a rest - sleep times will be respectful interactions.

Comfort blankets and soft toys are most welcome for they bring enormous comfort and reassurance to small children. Parents may wish to provide dummies for their little ones, for they too can provide comfort during rest and sleep times. Dummies are usually restricted to sleep and rest times. 

The safety of babies and children sleeping is paramount and we promote good practice and ensure that we work in partnership with the parents.

Toileting and nappy changing

In line with the Equality Act 2010, Ibstock Day Nursery will ensure that:

  • no child who has not achieved continence regardless of age will be refused admission
  • no child will be sent home or have to wait for their parents due to incontinence
  • adjustments will be made for any child who has delayed incontinence

The aims of the policy are:

  • to safeguard the rights and promote the welfare of children
  • to provide guidance and reassurance to staff who are required to change a child’s nappy
  • to assure parents/carers that staff are knowledgeable about personal care and that any individual concerns are taken into account
  • to protect children from discrimination, and ensure inclusion for all

Basic principles:

  • children have the right to feel safe and secure
  • children will be respected and valued as individuals
  • children have a right to privacy/dignity when staff are meeting their needs
  • a child’s understanding of toileting procedures is designed to lead to independence 


We aim to ensure that you feel welcome, fully informed and happy with this next step in your child's life; it is a step that we see as a partnership between both nursery and home. We strive to provide an environment and experiences which are fun, happy and safe for your child, and meet their individual requirements. We believe that parents and children are entitled to expect courtesy and prompt, careful attention to their needs and wishes. Our intentions are to work in partnership with parents and the community generally and we welcome suggestions on how to improve our nursery at any time.

We do appreciate that there may be times, however, when the nursery has not met expectations. To ensure that concerns and complaints are properly investigated and are given careful and fair consideration we follow the complaints policy of Ibstock Community College Academy.

For a copy of the policy, please visit

Safeguarding / Child Protection

Ibstock Community College fully recognises the contribution it can make to protect children and support students in school.  The aim of the policy is to safeguard and promote our students’ welfare, safety and health by fostering an honest, open, caring and supportive climate.  The students’ welfare is of paramount importance.

All Leicestershire schools have become part of a new safeguarding initiative, which aims to improve outcomes for children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse. You can view more information on OPERATION ENCOMPASS by clicking the link.

For a copy of the policy, please visit


For a full version of the above policies, please contact us.