The lunch club at Oaklands is for children who either stay all day or just want to have a slightly longer session, For example children could attend a morning session then lunch club so rather than coming to nursery form 9.00am to 12.00pm they stay until 1.00pm, or lunch and afternoon would be an 11.30am start rather than 12.30pm. The lunchtime sessions are chargeable and not covered by childcare funding - the 30 hours funding is used for education (funded sessions are 9.00am -12.00pm and/or 12.30pm to 3.30pm). For further information about our fees, please visit this page on our website which explains funding and also contains our Fees policy: Fees, funding and help with costs
We do not provide a lunch - children who come to lunch club bring a packed lunch in a named bag, including a drink in a non-breakable container. This is kept in a fridge until lunch time. We encourage healthy eating and no sweets or fizzy drinks are allowed -please see Healthy Lunch Box Ideas below for ideas. Staff are happy to work with you to encourage ‘picky’ eaters to try new things.
We employ staff who come in at lunch time and set up the nursery for the children to come into for lunch. They also set out a range of activities so when children finish eating they can play.
At lunch club the children learn about sitting at the table to eat, table manners, hand washing and tidying away afterwards.
If your child doesn’t eat their lunch the classroom staff will be made aware so they can offer them food if they are hungry later. We will leave any uneaten food in their lunchbox so you are aware of what and how much they have eaten at lunchtime.