We promote a balanced attitude to nutrition, understanding the need for the occasional treat as well as an abundance of fresh produce supporting a balanced diet.
We encourage healthy eating and aim for the children to begin to understand how important it is to have a healthy, balanced diet. We promote drinking water and fresh drinking water is available at all times.
We offer a variety of snacks, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, dried fruit, bread sticks, crackers and cheese, yoghurt, rice cakes and more. We will often provide a special theme related snack and aim to vary the textures as much as possible.
There are lots of opportunities for the children to prepare their own snacks, developing their independence. We gently encourage all children to try new and different foods, however no child is forced to eat snack and we work with our parents if a child struggles with eating. We want snack and meal times to be a happy, social occasion and our staff, ensure good table manners and behaviour consistently across the age ranges, role modelling and encouraging the children to say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’.
Staff are aware and respect all allergies, medical and cultural differences in eating habits, ensuring similar alternatives are available for those who need it. Our meals are provided by Little Tums, a superb service that delivers nutritious and varied meals to us daily. We adhere to the Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations 1995 and snacks are prepared by qualified staff that hold Food Hygiene Certificates. See our sample menus below.