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Healthy Eating Policy

Introductory Statement
This policy was formulated by the staff of Sandford Parish National School to facilitate the smooth running of the school.



  • To promote a whole-school approach to healthy eating.

  • To encourage pupils to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.

  • To benefit pupil learning.

  • To strengthen links between home and school.

  • To ensure that all staff members are aware of their collective and individual responsibilities.

  • To clarify procedures in regard to this policy.

Content of policy


  • Pupils from Junior Infants to 6th Class are taught about and encouraged to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.

  • In line with this, they are encouraged to bring a healthy, nutritious lunch to school.

  • A healthy, nutritious lunch could include a wholegrain sandwich/roll/wrap/pitta/crackers/rice cakes with a healthy filling/topping (eg. salad, meat/fish, cheese, eggs, hummus), fruit/fruit salad, vegetable sticks (eg. carrots, celery, peppers, cucumber), a child sized portion of popcorn, yoghurt (from Senior Infants up).  Some other options are salad, pasta salad or rice salad or soup.

  • Pupils are encouraged to drink water at break, lunch and throughout the day where appropriate.

  • The following items are not allowed in school:  Chocolate of any description, sweets, jellies, biscuits, crisps, cakes, buns and sweet muffins, winders and similar sweetened fruit leather, unhealthy cereal bars, ‘sports’/fizzy drinks.

  • Treat items may be allowed on special occasions, at the discretion of the class teacher.

Roles and Responsibility for development, implementation and reporting


Board of Management/Principal

  • The Board of Management through the principal and teaching staff has overall responsibility for the development and implementation of this policy.


Class Teachers

  • The class teacher encourages children to eat healthily and to bring a healthy lunch to school.

  • The class teacher may send home any items brought in that are not appropriate for school.



  • Parents/guardians should provide a healthy, nutritious lunch for their child/children.



  • It is the pupil’s responsibility, under the guidance of a parent/guardian, to bring a healthy lunch to school.


Success Criteria
The success of this policy will be judged on the feedback from teachers, pupils, and parents.

This policy is to be reviewed bi-annually or as the Board of Management deem necessary.

Ratification & Communication
Presented to the Board of Management school year 2014/15.

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