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Rolling snack?

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by gailmg, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. I am told that 'Ofsted want to see rolling snack' I cannot find it written anywhere in their guidelines.
    Personally I think that snack time is better if all nursery children sit at their group tables and have snack togather with an adult /key worker at each table. This encourages quite talk, builds the confidence of shy children to speak out, gives those who do not sit to a meal or snack at home the oppourtunity of some 'family' like time.
    In the past when we did it as a whole class we were congratulated on the family atmosphere, now it just seems to be a fast food type rush!
    What do others do in their Nursery classes?
     
  2. I have visited 2 preschools recently who both got outstanding by Ofsted and they both have a set snack time, with everyone sitting down in small groups with key workers and eating/drinking together.
     
  3. We have a rolling snack in the nursery i work in, but i'm not convinced about it... It means one adult is taken up by running the snack table most of the time. And the children still need reminding a lot to visit snack table so technically it's not child initited. During certain session (like PE days) we have snack altogether and i prefer it as it means the children who don't usually visit the snack table do and encourages them to at least have a drink.

    Our ofsted in february was outstanding btw
     
  4. Leapyearbaby64

    Leapyearbaby64 New commenter

    We have an adult there early in the year, and once the children know the routine, they sort out the snack themselves.
     
  5. Snack Bar (Continuous Provision - Long Term Plan)

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    A Unique Child

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    1.1 Child Development

    Adults should
    recognise and praise the children&rsquo;s achievements in self care in this area.

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    1.2 Inclusive Practice

    Practitioners
    ensure that specific dietary requirements are noted and respected.

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    1.3 Keeping Safe

    Children can make choices about what they
    would like to have for snack. Adults
    support the children to access the area as needed. Adults maintain the
    hygiene of the food and equipment in this area and support the children&rsquo;s
    hygiene.

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    1.4 Health and Well-being

    There are a range
    of healthy snacks on offer to the children. Drinks are available throughout
    the session. All Children are
    encouraged to access, especially during hot weather or after exercise.

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    Positive
    Relationships




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    2.1 Respecting Each Other

    This area is set up
    to encourage social interaction between the children. It is a place that they can sit and talk
    with their friends.

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    2.2 Parents as Partners

    Parents are asked
    for information about their child&rsquo;s dietary requirements and any food
    preferences.

    Parents are invited
    to suggest a healthy snack to include in this area.

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    2.3 Supporting Learning

    Practitioners use their
    observations of the children to judge when to introduce new skills.

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    2.4 Key Person

    The key person role
    shared by Practitioners ensures that all staff are aware of the children&rsquo;s
    specific dietary requirements.

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    Enabling
    Environments




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    3.1 Observation, Assessment and Planning

    The families&rsquo; ideas
    and comments influence the snacks on offer.

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    3.2 Supporting Every Child

    Practitioners
    recognise that this area provides a wealth of learning opportunities, for
    example counting fruit, problem solving, engaging in conversation, improving
    fine motor skills and developing independence.

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    3.3 The Learning Environment

    The resources are
    easily accessible and laid out for the children to use independently.

    In hot weather,
    additional provision is made for the children to access drinking water in a
    seated, shady area outside.

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    3.4 The Wider Context

    Visits from the
    local health service help to teach the children about health and hygiene.

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    Learning and
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    4.1 Play and Exploration

    Experiences in this
    area may link to play opportunities in other areas of the classroom e.g.
    messy play based on textures of food that the children have had for snack or
    exploring fruit with magnifying glasses.


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    4.2 Active Learning

    This area may be
    used for activities such as food tasting and using different tools. These may build on the children&rsquo;s previous
    experiences at home and in their community.

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    4.3 Creativity
    and Critical Thinking

    Adult interaction
    with the children in this area can support them to make links between
    different experiences.





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    4.4 Areas of Learning and Development

    Many experiences
    offered in this area can be used to support learning in more than one of the
    six areas of Learning and Development.
    It is important to be aware of these links.



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    Related Early Learning Goals


    PSED Select and use activities
    and resources independently.


    PSED Understand that they can expect others to treat their needs, views,
    cultures and beliefs with respect.


    CLL Interact with others, negotiating plans and activities and taking
    turns in conversations.


    PSRN Use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve practical
    problems.


    PSRN In practical activities and discussion begin to use vocabulary
    involved in adding and subtracting.


    PD Recognise the importance of
    keeping healthy and those things which contribute to this.


    PD Recognise the changes that happen to their
    bodies when they are active.


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    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst"><font size="3">Support the children to make choices about the food and drink they
    would like to have for snack.</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Ensure all children are able to access the area and provide support
    where necessary.</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Ensure that the children&rsquo;s dietary requirements are taken into
    account when deciding which snacks to offer.</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Maintain hygiene of the area and remind families to wash their
    hands before having snack.</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Sit with and talk to the families in this area, developing social
    skills.</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Teach the children to use tools and cutlery safely and effectively.</font><li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Challenge
    the children to use their mathematical knowledge to solve problems &ndash; use open
    ended questions.
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    <ul style="margin-top:0cm;">
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst"><font size="3">Do the children talk about foods that they like and dislike, making
    links with their previous experiences?</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Can they access the snack area independently?</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Do they manage their own hygiene e.g. washing their hands before
    having a snack?</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Are they confident to try new foods?</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Can children use tools safely and with control when helping to
    prepare snack?</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Do they understand why we need to eat and drink?</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Do they show an understanding of which foods need to be eaten in
    moderation?</font>
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle"><font size="3">Do the children join in with counting when eating their snack?</font><li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Can
    they help to solve a problem such as how to share food or plates between
    children?
    [/LIST]

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    <ul style="margin-top:0cm;">
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst">Exploring foods using a range of senses.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Trying new foods.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Manipulating tools and cutlery.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Finding out about where foods come from.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Learning about making healthy choices.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Managing own hygiene and hunger/thirst.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Observing changes when cooking.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Counting and problem solving.
    [/LIST]
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    <ul style="margin-top:0cm;">
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst">Plastic plates.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Napkins
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Plastic cups.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Plastic bowls.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Plastic jugs.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Cutlery.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Washing up bowl.
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">List of children&rsquo;s specific dietary
    requirements.
    [/LIST]


    A variety of healthy snacks will be provided each
    day, along with free access to drinking water.

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    Food, drink, cup, pour, jug, chop, share, count, how
    many?, shape, like, dislike, hygiene, wash, soap, prepare, cook, mix, spoon,
    fork, knife, cut, spread, healthy, choice, names of foods.



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    <ul style="margin-top:0cm;">
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst">What would you like for your snack today?
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Do you feel hungry/thirsty?
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">What are your favourite foods?
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Can you help me decide what we could have for
    snack next time?
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Why is this food a healthy choice?
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Can you use the knife to spread?
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">How can we use the snack area safely?
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">Why do we need to wash our hands?
    <li style="margin:auto auto 0pt;line-height:normal;" class="MsoNormalCxSpMiddle">How can we share this fairly?
    [/LIST]
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  6. apologies, that didn't work and it wont let me remove :(
     

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