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Our philosophy

Obesity is one of the biggest health problems facing our country. Levels of childhood obesity in England are amongst the highest in the developed world, with almost one in four children being overweight or obese before they start school. Therefore, reducing childhood obesity is a key PHE priority.

Children’s food preferences and eating habits are formed early in life and the time that they spend in early years settings provides an ideal opportunity to shape healthy behaviours.

It is evident that young children’s diets are providing more energy than they need, and consumption of fruit, vegetables, oily fish and fibre are still lower than recommendations. Read more from Public Health Matters.

Our menus are chosen to provide a nutritionally balanced and varied diet, which allows the children to experience a wide variety of flavours and textures. Our meals and snack are prepared freshly daily in our own kitchen using only the best ingredients.

Our staff sit with our children to share their mealtime experience, the children serve themselves and clean up their dishes afterwards adding to their independence and are part of Montessori Activities of Everyday Living curriculum.

We are careful of allergies and look after vegetarians, we don’t allow sugary drinks, crisps or chocolate bars, but we do allow birthday cakes of all flavours into the nursery.

We wash our hands before and we clean our teeth after each meal.

We have 9 menus, 3 for each term (autumn, spring and summer) on a 3-week rolling cycle.

Our menu this week is: Autumn week: 3

BreakfastSelection of cereals with milk; Toast or crumpet with jam or natural honey.Selection of cereals with milk; Toast or crumpet with jam or natural honey.Selection of cereals with milk; Toast or crumpet with jam or natural honey.Selection of cereals with milk; Toast or crumpet with jam or natural honey.Selection of cereals with milk; Toast or crumpet with jam or natural honey.
Snack 1Apple slices and yoghurtBanana slicesCarrots and pepper sticksToasted crumpet and spreadPlum and Satsuma or orange
Lunch Mixed vegetable gnocchiSweet & sour chicken with peppers, sweet corn, carrots and noodlesToad in the hole with sweet potatoes and peasLemon and garlic roasted chicken with broccoli and new potatoesSalmon and pea risotto
DessertFresh fruit and yoghurtGreek yoghurt with fresh berries and honeyRice pudding with apples and cinnamonFrozen yoghurt or Ice CreamLemon drizzle cake
Snack 2Cheese cubes and celeryRice cakes with low fat soft cheese spreadNectarine and apple slicesRaisins and crackers with spreadCarrot and cucumber sticks with dip
TeaCarrot & coriander soup with crusty breadHomemade ham and cheese flatbreadCheese & Tomato panniPasta PrimaveraAssortment of tortilla wraps and sandwiches with various fillings