Food and Nutrition
Meals are prepared in our kitchen using fresh fruit and vegetables delivered daily. We try to use seasonal produce and change our 3 week menu each season.We have obtained 5 stars from the Environmental Health Dept for food hygiene.
We recognize that children who eat well are generally happier and better prepared for the day's activities. It is our aim to make sure the meals are enjoyed and are appealing but also provide the essential nutrition.
We provide meals that are balanced in carbohydrates, protein and vegetables and fruit. We monitor salt, sugar and fat levels in the food and make sure that they meet the recommendations for Under 5s that the government Food Standards Agency and the NDNA suggest.
We display the menus so parents can see the meal and snacks on offer and welcome parental suggestions. Our staff constantly monitor the success of the meals and reassuringly the healthier options are often the most popular!
We help children to learn about a range of food, different cultural approaches to mealtimes and respect the differences amongst them.
When a child is registered to attend the nursery, we ask parents for their child's dietary requirements, including information on any allergies. We display current information about children's dietary needs and choices so that all staff are fully informed about them and there are strict systems in place to ensure that children only receive the desired food.
We have fresh drinking water constantly available for the children.We only allow squashes and fruit juices to be consumed at mealtimes in accordance with dental health guidelines. The children receive at least a 1/3 pint of milk each day, usually as a drink at morning break.
In the Baby Unit bottles are prepared to individual requirements. The brand of milk formula and parents wishes are all discussed in detail with you during your babies induction period. We encourage regular reviews with you to ensure your babies changing needs are catered for.
The babies are mainly weaned on freshly mashed fruit or vegetables and then mashed versions of the dinners served to the older children (if appropriate).
We will introduce finger foods when you are happy that your child will cope and enjoy them.