Health & Nutrition
Supporting and teaching children about being healthy is embedded in the routine and the curriculum at nursery.
We take every opportunity to talk about and demonstrate healthy choices and to encourage children to eat well and learn about food. Fresh air, lots of active play and learning, healthy meals and snacks and plenty of encouragement to drink water throughout the day are just some of the simple ways we do this.
Our wonderful Nursery Cook Claire, working with our Food and Nutrition Co-ordinator Wendy, provides fresh, seasonal menus that reflect a diversity of cultures and tastes and exceed the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, meeting the high level of requirements of the voluntary Children’s Food Trust guidelines. Mealtimes are a very sociable occasion at nursery, tables are set and prepared together and older children are encouraged to serve their own meals and pour their own drinks. Adults sit together with all the children and take this perfect opportunity to chat and socialise.
Our commitment to this has been recognised by Ofsted as Outstanding as well as our recent award from Trafford as an Early Years Healthy Setting and of course our long held 5-star rating from Trafford Council Environmental Health. We see our role as collaborative with parents in encouraging children to develop healthy habits and to make healthy choices.
Here’s what OFSTED have to say:
“Children enjoy an excellent range of healthy meals and snacks prepared by the nursery cook. Cafe style dining areas mean mealtimes are a social occasion and practitioners use the opportunity to engage children in conversations about their learning at home. Discussions at mealtimes also help children to understand how making healthy choices promotes their overall health and well-being. Ideas and recipes are shared with parents to help with ‘fussy eaters’. Children learn personal hygiene through practical routines and this helps them to be independent in their self-care when they move onto school.”
Our nursery has been awarded 5 stars by the Food Standards Agency. For more information check out the Food Standards Agency website.
All dishes are freshly prepared on site and are adapted for individual dietary requirements as necessary. None of our dishes contain GM ingredients, artificial sweeteners or additives.