Nutrition in Schools Policy

attentionAll schools should promote and model healthy eating and good nutrition in school programs and activities relating to or involving food and drink. School canteens are required to implement the Fresh Tastes @ School – NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy.

1.Objectives - Policy statement
1.1

Any activities and programs within the school setting relating to or involving food and drink should promote healthy eating and good nutrition to students. 

1.2

Implementation of the Fresh Tastes @ School - NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy, as outlined in the Fresh Tastes @ School Canteen Menu Planning Guide, is mandatory for all canteens in NSW government schools.

1.3

All sugar sweetened drinks that exceed the nutritional criteria for ‘occasional’ foods outlined in the Fresh Tastes @ School Canteen Menu Planning Guide, are not permitted for sale in school canteens and school vending machines at all times.

1.4

The teaching of nutrition education is part of the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) key learning area and is mandatory for all students from Kindergarten to Year 10. Teaching and learning and all class activities in all other key learning areas should reinforce healthy eating and good nutrition wherever possible.

1.5

All school activities that involve the provision of food and drink to students should be consistent with the Fresh Tastes @ School - NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy.

1.6

Off site school activities that involve the provision of food and drink to students, including excursions, camps and school functions should be consistent with the Fresh Tastes @ School - NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy.

1.7

Where school activities involve the provision of food and drink to the wider school community consideration should be given to modelling and promoting healthy eating.

1.8

All canteen operators are required to notify the NSW Food Authority of their food activity details. All canteens will provide a safe and hygienic food service and comply with the Australia New Zealand  Food Standards Code, Food Act 2003 (NSW) and Food Regulation 2010 (NSW).

1.9

Schools with preschools are required to follow the protocols of the Education and Care Services National Regulations (Regulation 79) ensuring that healthy eating practices are promoted.

1.10

School activities that involve the provision of food will address the requirements of the Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools.

2.Audience and applicability
2.1

All NSW government schools and preschools, parents/caregivers; the wider school community.

3.Context
3.1

The health and wellbeing of students is relevant to their learning and is important to schools. The present and future health of students can be enhanced by quality learning and positive experiences at school.

3.2

The NSW Government 2021 Plan, Goal 11 aims to keep people healthy and out of hospital, through reducing rates of overweight and obesity amongst children and young people aged 5 to 16 years.

3.3

The Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013) are designed to help young people and their families choose food and drink for a healthy life.

3.4

Legislation

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Food Act 2003 (NSW) and Food Regulation 2010 (NSW).  

Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011.

3.5

This policy should be read in conjunction with:

3.6

Document history and details

4.Responsibilities and delegations
4.1

Principals are responsible for ensuring the requirements of departmental policy, guidelines and relevant legislation are met. Principals are responsible for ensuring that school policies and practices are consistent with the nutrition in schools policy and are responsive to local needs, including cultural diversity.

5.Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements
5.1

Principals will ensure their canteen operations are reviewed through use of the Making Your School Canteen Healthy Self Assessment Tool and Action Planner at least every two years.

5.2

Directors, Public Schools NSW will monitor the local implementation of this policy and report to their Executive Directors, Public Schools NSW.

5.3

The Executive Director, Learning and Engagement will monitor the state-wide implementation of this policy.

6.Contact

Leader, Health and Wellbeing (02) 9266 8258.


Document history and details

Approval date

9 March 2011

Approving officer

Deputy Secretary, Education and Communities

Implementation date

18 July 2011

Web publication date

21/11/2014

Superseded documents

School Canteens – Guidelines for School Communities, 99/065 (S.045)

The School Health Canteen Policy, Schools Directorate, Revised 1985.

It is the responsibility of the user to verify that this is the current and complete version of this document, located at:
https:/ / www.det.nsw.edu.au/ policies/ student_serv/ student_health/ nutrition/ PD20110420.shtml