Health

Meals

The pupils get a healthy snack in the morning, a hot meal in the lunch break with lots of vegetables and various legumes and fruit in the afternoon. The vegetable comes partly from the kitchen garden of the school, where parents also provide a helping hand. The pupils in the garden also learn about growing vegetables and taking care of plants.
Also children help in the kitchen, cutting vegetables, assisting the school cook with preparing the lunch and doing the dishes.
The children learn everything about hygiene like hand washing and brushing teeth and eating healthy.

In addition, a doctor regularly comes to school for a health check.

The school days are from 10 to 3 o'clock, so that after lunch for the youngest children there is time for a nap.

Health and hygiene


Health is an important issue at the Sapana School as the development of body and mind need this for balanced growth. Children should have at least three healthy meals per day. We are not sure if there is enough money at the families to provide this for their children. It is a habit here in the region that parents give sweets and cookies to comfort their children’s needs when they are at home. We tell the children and the parents about the effects of sugar for the teeth and the stomach to help them being aware of the negative results on the development a healthy life.

Tooth brushing: the children learn to brush their teeth and after the morning snack all children brush their teeth before they go back to the classroom.

Hand washing: we teach the children to wash their hands before eating and after going to the toilet. Before eating and after eating the children all wash their hands. When the children are very small then one of the teachers guides them to the toilet to help the child if necessary and also reminds him/her to wash his/her hands.

Eating together: twice a day the children get a healthy snack. At lunchtime there is a warm meal with a lot of vegetables prepared in the school kitchen where children can participate and learn about cooking. A part of the vegetables is from the ecological school garden at the schoolground, another part of the learning environment of the children. The children bring their plate, fork, spoon and knife to the kitchen for washing and there are also children who help doing the dishes in the kitchen where they learn how to do this in a hygienic way.

Drinking of water: at the school we have a water filter. When eating together the children can take water as much as they want as for a good physical condition small children need to drink at least 1.5 liter of water each day.

Sleeping: for the younger children we have an afternoon nap for the furter development of their brain. After lunch, after coming back from the lunch place, the children look for a place to sleep in their classroom, take a blanket and sleep at least half an hour. Older children (talking about the ages 5-7) can also join to sleep when they feel they need this.

The children bring their plate, fork, spoon and knife to the kitchen for washing and there are also children who help doing the dishes in the kitchen where they learn how to do this in a hygienic way.


Every year there are also dental checks.