A six-week rolling menu plan is in place, reviewed and updated regularly to incorporate individual preferences, and the availability of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Children need plenty of energy to help them grow and develop and that means good nutrition and a balanced diet. We promote healthy eating, providing a balance of nutrients through fresh, wholesome food cooked on the premises and using organic fruit and vegetables, and meat from local butchers. We aim to make mealtimes happy social occasions for children and practitioners encourage independence and good table manners, as well as promoting good eating habits.
Mealtimes for little ones can become comforting rituals, and offer the chance to introduce children to new tastes and smells. We welcome your input in menu planning, and encourage children to express their preferences. Children will be encouraged to try a small piece of everything and given time to eat at their own pace. If your child is not hungry at mealtime we will save their food until they are ready for it. All dietary, cultural and religious requirements are catered for if requested.
Milk and water is served at snack times. Pure fruit juice is a good source of Vitamin C and is best given with main meals to help with the absorption of iron, so will only be served with lunch and tea. Fresh drinking water is available all day and we encourage all over twos to bring in their own water bottle which they can access at any time.
We are a ‘Tooth Friendly’ Nursery, fully endorsing the ‘Stop the Rot’ campaign. We are committed to tooth care and children are encouraged and helped to clean their teeth after meals at Nursery.
We ask that you bring in £1.50 per year for a toothbrush and toothpaste for your child that we will keep at Nursery, so that we can help them learn how to keep their teeth healthy through supervised brushing. We have a hygienic storage system for the brushes and only use toothpaste approved by the British Dental Health Foundation.
Served mid morning, snack is cereal and fruit for over twos, and for under twos it varies daily and may include crumpets, fresh fruit, toast, malt loaf, crackers or tea bread.
We serve a two course meal for lunch - menus are displayed in the foyer for you to view and our cook Melanie is happy to incorporate any suggestions for meals.
Afternoon Snack – for over twos
Snack may include fresh vegetable sticks, breadsticks and houmous, home-baked biscuits, scones, or teacakes. Many of the under twos' routines mean they are asleep at snack time, but should they become hungry we will always provide them with a snack mid-afternoon.
Children are offered a light meal and dessert for their tea. This may include beans-on-toast, soup with a roll, sandwiches or scrambled egg-on-toast and is followed by a dessert such as yogurt, carrot cake, jelly or fruit. This is not intended to replace their evening meal at home.