We are committed to healthy eating. Children are offered a wide-ranging menu that incorporates all the essential food groups.
Our nursery chefs excite the children with food and advise teachers on suitable cooking activities to do with children.
Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon high tea are prepared in our kitchen (‘Five star’ environmental health rated) with fresh ingredients from trusted food suppliers such as Foodari (see below). No additional salt or sugar is added to meals. Morning snack of fruit is also offered.
Our lunches incorporate a variety of flavours and textures which encourage children to develop a healthy relationship with food.
Children with identified dietary needs are also catered for. Particular attention is paid to our younger babies who are starting on their weaning journey. For us it is important to have a close partnership with parents to monitor the baby’s responses to the different foods offered to them.
Mealtimes are a relaxed and social time in the nursery enjoyed as a family grouping of both staff and children sharing food and demonstrating good social skills and etiquette.
Children are offered milk and water to drink and can access water throughout the day. Older children are encouraged to manage their snack time themselves to develop confidence, independence and choice.
We try, as far as possible, to be mindful of ethical and environmental issues in our purchases and try to purchase organic and fairly traded products.
We have an extensive menu for children, which operates on a four week cycle. Below is an example of one week of our winter menus.
One of our suppliers is Foodari, who source our fruit and vegetables from local growers wherever possible. Please visit their web-site to learn more about them by clicking on their logo below.