We know how important the right food is for your child's health and development and we provide ourselves on the quality of our meals. All our meals are designed with nutrition in mind and we follow the Government's latest recommendations on diet in early years.
Our three-weekly menus are changed seasonally so that your child is benefiting from a variety of fresh, delicious produce. Meal plans are prepared using the Eat Better, Do Better guidance to ensure that each meal supports your child’s development. Freshly cooked on-site by our own cook, all of our delicious meals use locally sourced produce where possible, without any salt, limiting sugar and incorporating 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. Whilst supporting your child’s independence, they will encourage them to try new things and understand the benefit of making healthy options.
For younger children, we will always follow your home feeding routine and will cooperate with you fully during the weaning process when you feel your child is ready.
Babies moving onto solids are offered foods such as pureed vegetables and are gradually introduced to other flavours. They will eventually move onto modified versions of the main meal eaten by the older children that day.
We know that nursery aged children are much more likely to try different foods and this will change very quckly as they grow up. Treating meal times as a social occasion, children are more willing to try new foods and parents are often amazed at what their 'fussy eaters' will eat in the company of their peers.
Meal times are also an opportunity to develop your child's independence. Older children help to set the table and serve themselves, while supported and encouraged by staff.
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 are always happy to cater for your child's dietary requirements. A vegetarian alternative is prepared each day alongside the main meal.
All of our staff follow our robust allergens policy and we work closely with parents to ensure that we are aware of your child's intolerances.