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Healthy Eating

We are a healthy eating nursery. Here is an example of a weekly menu, which is put into the childrens individual dairies each week. We prepare and cook all our meals on site.

9.45 Snack            12.00 Lunch                2.30 Snack                  4.30 Tea

Mon  Snack – Toast Spaghetti Bolognese Mixed  Veg Yogurt     Grapes Snack - Bananas Tuna Wrap
Tues  Snack -   Fruit   Scone Cottage Pie Carrots  Beans Custard    Bananas  Snack – Breadsticks   Cheese Grapes  Vegetable Soup Wholemeal Roll
Wed  Snack -  Fruit Salad Ham Pasta  Salad  Garlic Waffles Bread   Mousse Strawberries Snack –  Pear Apple Wedges Sandwiches- Cheese or Marmite
Thur Snack – Crumpets Fish Fingers   Peas Potato Wedges    Sweet corn    Ice Cream Pineapple  Snack – Pepper Cucumber & Cheese Slices  Beans on Toast
Fri   Snack – Cheese Scone Sausage Bake    Mash Veg Spaghetti Hoops   Rice Pudding Peaches  Snack – Oatcakes Grapes Sandwich   Chicken  

Children will be encouraged to have at least 5 portions of fruit or vegetables each day.

Children are encouraged to have milk at least 3 times a day either in a drink or pudding.

Each child has their own named drinking water bottle, which is always available.

Nutrition     Good nutrition is essential for all children, between being weaned of milk to the age of five, all children will need a diet that provides adequate amounts of nutrients and calories, as they are active and grow quickly. We will prepare hot cooked nutritious meals and snacks. There will be an emphasis on ‘low saturates’ no ‘added  salt’ ,no  fried items and mainly using foods that contain no artificial additives and preservatives. We always make meal times special the children are never rushed.

Milk   At the age of 2, children can gradually move to semi-skimmed milk, as a main drink, as long as they are eating well and getting plenty of calories and nutrients from a varied diet. Children will be encouraged to have milk at least 3 or 4 times a day, either as a drink, or in a milky based pudding i.e. custard, yogurt or rice pudding.  Milk provides energy, protein, calcium, vitamin A and D which is important for healthy bones & teeth.

Nursery Meal Times   Children will be encouraged to use cutlery, there will be a family atmosphere, where conversation will be encouraged along with good table manners. Wherever possible children will be encouraged to prepare their own food as they become more independent i.e. putting butter on the bread

Special Dietary Needs  Inform us on the registration form, of any food allergies or dietary needs your child has.  We will complete a comprehensive Risk Assessment relating to your child’s requirements. Special diets can be catered for including vegetarian meals, these will be clearly displayed for all staff in the appropriate areas.

Meals From Home    Parents who send in home packed lunches or snacks will be encouraged to provide healthy foods which include some fruit or vegetables and milk or water to drink (with no hard sweets or lollies as children could choke.) Appropriate storage will be provided to keep all foods at a low temperature.

Cooking Activities   At times children will learn how to prepare their own food. This may be topic linked such as making chocolate nests for Easter, icing biscuits which links with learning the letter B b or making dinosaur shaped sandwiches. They could be learning about healthy eating by making fruit kebabs or chopping up fruits for a soft fruit salad. We will ensure that all food allergies or dietary needs are taken into account.

Celebration Foods      We are unable to give our children birthday cakes or special foods  which have been prepared by parents or carers at home,  but we can  give our  children celebration food , that have been purchased from a shop, where we can see the list of ingredients.  Some of our children have allergies and special dietary needs. If you do not wish for your child to have special celebration foods please inform us.