As educators, we realise the importance of creating the right conditions for an optimal learning environment: natural light, minimum clutter, optimal temperature (18 to 21C), an ordered and motivating classroom, flexible seating, plants, adequate ventilation, fresh air, brain food and hydration. The last two on the list are vitally important, and we rely on family support to ensure that brain food and hydration are considered when preparing for the school day.
Parents often underestimate their role in developing healthy eating habits. You are the first teachers regarding positive eating behaviours which nutritionists emphasise are important for a healthy life and a sharp brain. Providing water bottles, which the children have access to throughout the day in the classroom, and fruit and vegetables to graze throughout the day, are an essential part of a teacher’s collection of strategies to ensure an optimal environment for wellbeing and learning.
Children watch, listen and learn through observation, and then follow what they see. So how can we, as parents, make the best choices when it comes to school lunches and set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating habits?
Setting our children up for success is the aim of teachers and parents alike. What we provide for our children to consume throughout the day is an important aspect of the how we achieve this; food for thought.
Deputy Head of Carey Donvale