We ❤️ Teachers

Thank you for your commitment to supporting the growth and development of our children. We appreciate that schools are dedicated to promoting good health and we are all aware of the complexities and challenges of working in this space.

School Mealtimes is here to help!

We are hearing stories from parents, health professionals and teachers:

  • Kids are bringing home diet talk, and feeling afraid of food
  • Parents are overwhelmed by pressure to create the ‘right’ lunchbox
  • Teachers are expected to control what children eat, and feeling pressured and under-resourced
  • School mealtimes are not safe spaces for kids to learn to like all kinds of foods

It doesn’t have to be this way.

What is happening?

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School and Family Mealtimes are emerging services that aim to support school-aged children to become confident, adventurous eaters. Within the Family Mealtimes membership (coming soon), parents are empowered to create positive mealtime experiences for the whole family at home. At the same time, School Mealtimes aims to change school policy and support teachers to create safe and empowering school food environments.

What can teachers and schools do now?

Help our research into what is currently happening, so we can support change:

  • Share your success stories with us, about the good things that are happening in your school to create safe and empowering school food environments
  • Upload a copy of your school healthy eating policy to our database
  • Start thinking about the challenges you face in supporting kids to eat well at school. We want to hear from you so we can give you what you need to succeed. Join the mailing list to have your say

Lead the change:

  • Review your school's approach to mealtimes. Use our school resources to learn more, communicate with kids and parents and revise your healthy eating policy to include a commitment to creating safe and empowering school mealtimes.
  • Enter your email here to access support and resources directly to your inbox
  • Spread the word and build support - follow Dr Kyla and share this campaign with your networks

Watch this space

School Mealtimes is growing momentum. My team and I are hard at work on all kinds of supporting resources which we will release throughout this year. Come back regularly, or join the mailing list to stay on top of updates.

Share your stories

I give my kids extra time to eat. That way they aren’t rushing out the door to play and not eating anything.

No one comments on the food. We tell kids to put uneaten food back in the lunchbox, not the bin.

2 equal size breaks of 40 mins (split into 10 mins, sit and eat and 30 mins play). Because the breaks are equal length, we don't police the lunchboxes here or encourage eating certain things first etc.

I feel kids should eat what they want in whichever order they like - there’s so much ‘control’ in a classroom - why do we need to add stress to eating time?! Parents are packing the lunches they want their kids to eat - so we teachers just need to back off and let them eat them!!

As a teacher I'd say these days 90% of children's lunches are balanced so for me it's easy, offer breaks and let the children decide what they need at that time of the day some eat more in morning others mid to arvo.

As far as I'm aware we don't have a policy on lunchboxes... We participate in crunch and sip but it is as an additional fruit/veg snack before recess. 

I have seen some teachers and EAs making kids eat sandwich first or finish it before play and others that do no policing. I personally don't police food but would always mention to a parent if their child was taking so long to eat that they were hardly playing. 

Help our research into what is currently happening. Tell us about the great things that are already happening in your school to create safe and empowering school food environments

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