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
|Breakfast||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.||Selection of cereals with milk; Toast or crumpet with jam or natural honey.|
|Snack 1||Apple slices and yoghurt||Banana slices||Carrots and pepper sticks||Toasted crumpet and spread||Plum and Satsuma or orange|
|Lunch||Mixed vegetable gnocchi||Sweet & sour chicken with peppers, sweet corn, carrots and noodles||Toad in the hole with sweet potatoes and peas||Lemon and garlic roasted chicken with broccoli and new potatoes||Salmon and pea risotto|
|Dessert||Fresh fruit and yoghurt||Greek yoghurt with fresh berries and honey||Rice pudding with apples and cinnamon||Frozen yoghurt or Ice Cream||Lemon drizzle cake|
|Snack 2||Cheese cubes and celery||Rice cakes with low fat soft cheese spread||Nectarine and apple slices||Raisins and crackers with spread||Carrot and cucumber sticks with dip|
|Tea||Carrot & coriander soup with crusty bread||Homemade ham and cheese flatbread||Cheese & Tomato panni||Pasta Primavera||Assortment of tortilla wraps and sandwiches with various fillings|