Menus and Nutrition
Our menu’s are designed to ensure that your children receives a healthy balance of the food groups throughout the day. We use the ‘Tot it Up Food Calculator’ ensuring your child has a balance of foods to help them lead a healthy life, both now and in the future.
We have a qualified nursery cook in each setting ensuring we provide nutritious and delicious meals each day for your child. The Cooks meet throughout the year to review the food menu’s introducing seasonal vegetables and new recipes; occasionally there are changes to the daily menu, for example if we are celebrating a child’s birthday, a festival or special occasion.
Details of parental and children’s preferences and dietary requirements are kept up to date and all staff team members are aware of them.
For parents and carers the four weekly menu is displayed on the welcome board, informing them of what the children have had to eat that day.
Children are taught basic hygiene daily. They are asked to wash their hands before and after a meal and also before and after they do a baking activity. The children sit together in small keygroups with their keycarer who promotes good table manners and encourages the children to eat their meals. The keycarer knows the children’s likes and dislikes and will be aware of this when helping the children serve themselves their meal.
Our staff plan regular baking/cooking activities for the children to take part in, helping them become familiar with preparing food; discussions also take place about food and where food comes from.
Teaching children about healthy foods and encouraging young children to enjoy a healthy, balanced diet will not only reduce their risk of conditions such as obesity and diabetes in later life, it will help guard against illness and infection now.
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