We have seasonal menus which are rotated on a four-weekly basis and are displayed daily on the door into the atrium.
We believe that healthy eating is enormously important in the development of young children. We cater for all types of dietary requirements and are committed to offering children healthy nutritious and balanced meals. We recognise that children should be able to enjoy food as well as learn good behaviours for the future.
All meals are planned for a balanced nutritional diet and are freshly cooked on the premises.
Within our garden we have an allotment where we harvest some fruit and veg for the children to use in baking and cooking activities.
Menus are carefully planned alongside with the Universities catering team to provide children with their ‘5 a day.’ We avoid foods containing high levels of saturated fat, sugar, salt or artificial additives, flavourings, preservatives or colourings.
The social aspect of mealtimes is emphasised, with Staff sitting at the tables with children in small groups in order to encourage conversation, and to assist when the children are of an age where they can start to self-select their meals. The sharing of refreshments play an important part in the social life of children.
We welcome suggestions from our parents, please see the suggestions box in the entrance.
Pre-school provides food in line with the "Eat Better, Start Better" food and drink guidelines which seek to encourage children to eat well and learn about food in their yearly years. This not only protects their health when they are young, but also sets their future health and wellbeing.
Here are some examples of the food we provide:
Starchy Food (we aim to provide a starchy food as part of each snack time) - Breadsticks, brown/white toast, crackers, pitta
Fruit and Vegetables (provided as part of each snack time) - Apples, pears, oranges, bananas, grapes, strawberries, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, pepper sticks
Milk or Dairy Food - Cubes of cheese, cheese spread, semi-skimmed milk
We provide water to drink between meals and milk and water at snack time. We do not provide squash, fruit juice or fizzy drinks as these can lead to tooth decay.