Over the last couple of weeks we have been looking into the snack we provide and how well attended it is. We set up a token system in the hall to count how many children come for snack each day. The children have been posting a counter into our Lego brick bank and have helped to count the tokens up at the end of each day. Currently the children have the choice of a bowl of cereal or a bread option such as a wrap, roll or sandwich. In addition to this the children can have milk or water to drink, a yoghurt, fruit and veg.
We found that snack was the most popular on our quietest day – Friday with 92% of the children having a Bosca snack. The least popular day for snack was a Monday with only 39% of the children going for snack. When we spoke to the children about why they didn’t come for snack some said they weren’t hungry, many said that they had their own in their bag. Some said they wanted to play and others said they just didn’t want it. On a Tuesday 59% of children attending came for snack and some said they didn’t go because the queue was too long. Wednesday and Thursday are our busiest BOSCA days and the snack attendance on these days was 75% and 72%.
Snack is available between 3.30-4.30pm. The children are giving several reminders that snack is ready and they have the opportunity to go. We have a final snack call each day around 4.30pm as a reminder it is about to go away. We will continue to encourage children to go for snack before it is the final call. We have this final snack call, as from previous questionnaires we found that the later we provided snack the more it put the children off their dinner.
We have also asked the children for healthy suggestions on anything else they would like to have to eat that we don’t provide. We spoke to some children who bring their own snack to see whether we could accommodate their choices. Some children said they would like to eat their snack outside and don’t want to stop their play. Bosca provides snack in the hall and encourages the children to sit down at the table with their plate or bowl and take the opportunity to chat to each other at snack time.
We welcome any comments you wish to make including any healthy snack alternatives we could provide for your child.