Nutritious food is vital for your child's health and development and we are proud of the importance we place on our meals. All our food is designed with nutrition in mind, following the latest health guidance and government recommendations on diet in early years.
Our three menus rotate every week and are changed seasonally to ensure that your child is benefiting from a variety of fresh and delicious dishes. Meal plans are prepared using the Eat Better, Do Better guidance to ensure that each meal supports your child's development. Our on-site cook prepares each meal freshly each day, using delicious fresh produce which is locally sourced where possible. We don't add salt to meals, limit the use of sugar and incorporate at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day.
All our staff are trained in food hygiene and have experience in supporting children at meal times. We support children to try new and different types of food - when surrounded by friends, many children are willing to try food which they normally 'hate' at home!
Working with you, we will always follow your home feeding routine for younger children. When you feel your child is ready, we will fully cooperate during the weaning process.
Babies moving onto solids are offered foods such as pureed vegetables before being gradually introduced to other flavours. They will eventually begin eating modified versions of the main meal eaten by the older children each day.
We treat mealtimes as a social occasion, where children can develop their communication skills with their friends.
We find that the social setting also encourages children to try different foods. Nursery aged children are much more likely to try different foods than older children and parents are often amazed at what their 'fussy eaters' will try when sat at the table with their peers.
We also use mealtimes to develop your child's independence. Supported by staff, they will serve themselves and older children will set the table.
Milk and healthy snacks are served mid-morning and mid-afternoon. To support their independence, children over 2 are able to select when they would like their snack. Snacks vary each day and include options like vegetable sticks, fruit or rice cakes.
We will always cooperate with parents to cater for your child's dietary requirements. Alongside the main meal, a vegetarian alternative is prepared each day and we will adapt meals as necessary to suit your child's needs.
We have a robust allergens policy in place and we work closely with you to ensure that we are aware of your child's intolerances.