Our nursery menus are designed to ensure your children receive a healthy balance of the advised food groups throughout the day. We use the ‘Tot it Up Food Calculator’ ensuring your child has a balance of different 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 menus, 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 members are aware of these. The 4 weekly menu is displayed on our nursery welcome board in the entrance of all sites, informing our parents what your children have eaten that day. Children are taught basic hygiene daily. They are asked to wash their hands before and after meals, likewise for baking activities. Our staff plan regular baking or cooking activities for the children to participate in, helping them become familiar with preparing food; discussions also take place about foods and where certain foods come from.
The children sit together in small key-groups with their key-carer who promotes good table manners and encourages the children to eat their meals. The key-carer knows the children’s likes and dislikes and will be aware of this when helping the children serve themselves their meal. 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 infections now.