Our nutritionally balanced menus ensure our children are raring to go every day! Planned with growing children in mind, our seasonal menus are healthy and well balanced always including a variety of colour, textures and flavours ensuring our children enjoy their mealtimes and leave the table with happy, full tummies.
Our new Autumn Winter menus have been developed with guidance our main food suppliers nutritionist as well as the views of our parents, children and colleagues. We follow the Children’s Food Trust Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings in England.
There is so much conflicting advice but along with many leading sector groups, such as the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), Department for Health (DH) and Department for Education (DFE) we have welcomed the clear guidance of the School Food Trust to decipher what is appropriate for children. We are passionate about helping children get the best start in life and we know we play a key role in ensuring the nutritional needs of the young children in our care are met.
Children are unlikely to take in more energy than they need if they are offered a range of healthy meals and snacks that meet the food and drink guidelines. We have ensured that there are not too many fatty or sugary meals on our menus and we use fruit to sweeten our desserts where possible, trying to avoid artificial sweeteners
Why we provide desserts, puddings and cakes – Desserts and cakes provide energy (calories) and essential nutrients such as calcium and iron when included as part of a healthy and balanced diet for young children and fruit is always available as an alternative to pudding.