Nutritious & Wholesome Food : home-cooked meals
As part of our all-inclusive approach, we provide a full range of meals, snacks and drinks for your child during their day at our nursery. A typical day will include breakfast (8.15 a.m. to 8.45 a.m.), snack (10.15 a.m.), lunch (11.45 a.m.) and afternoon high tea (3.15.p.m.) followed by another snack around 5.00 p.m. for those children staying later. Our focus is on nutritious & wholesome food when we are creating our menus of home cooked meals.
We acknowledge that sugary foods and drinks, fatty foods or foods containing additives are almost unavoidable in the modern diet. However we have tried our best to plan our menus to minimise these influences and encourage enjoyment of a wide range of foods, including organic and multi-cultural produce. As well as our main menus, a sample of which can be found on this page, we also have separate weaning menus for babies.
We encourage children where appropriate to get involved in the planning and preparation of snacks, which will include foods such as raw vegetables, raisins, cheese, toast, fruit, milk and water. Crisps and other convenience foods are very rarely used and only then on some special occasions such as our Christmas and summer parties.
We have a dedicated milk kitchen next to the baby rooms where we prepare a range of formula milks as well as provide refrigerated storage for expressed milk. Mums will be able to breast feed at the nursery during the day if they wish to. Babies will be encouraged to try different foods, which will be prepared in the main kitchen. We welcome suggestions from parents on any aspect of the children’s meals and snacks.
Menus are rotated on a 3 weekly cycle and also reflect the time of year and the seasonal availability of different ingredients. Please click on the link below to see the latest menus.
Weaning Menus – Babies 3 – 9 months
Whilst children are still developing their capabilities with food, we can provide a range of weaning options which cater for children from 3 months upwards. We also provide a arrange of purees, porridges and formula milks whilst your baby is migrating to solid food. If there is a specific brand of milk or food type that your baby prefers then generally we can accommodate most requests. Please see attached our weaning menu for children between 6 – 9 months.
Specific dietary requirements with nutritious & wholesome food alternatives
We have two fantastic chefs who liaise with the key person about children’s dietary needs and over the years they have evolved a range of recipes that cater for most requirements. During the settling in period when you and your child’s key person are completing a care plan, we can discuss specific dietary needs such as :
- Cultural preferences
- Vegetarianism or veganism
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Dietary and nutritional specifics
As part of our initial and on-going care arrangements, we monitor and manage a wide range of dietary needs. Our kitchen staff keep daily records of children attending the nursery so that they are aware of specific requirements.
We operate a strict no nut policy in the nursery, details of which can be seen on the parent’s notice board or in our policies file in the reception area. Some products may contain traces of nuts but this might not be overtly listed on the ingredients or may be part of an ingredient not necessarily broken down further. If in doubt please let us have a definitive list of those products of which you are aware that might prove troublesome to your child.