eating healthy food | Food Hygiene very Good 5 rating | special dietary needs at Pathfinders Day Nursery
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Our Food


Children that develop positive attitudes to eating and make healthy and nourishing food choices in Early Years are far more likely to make healthy choices for the rest of their lives. We therefore consider nutrition an essential element of nursery life. We have worked closely with the Soil Association and in line with the government’s Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines (2017) to develop menus that meet the nutritional requirements of children under 5. We have had consecutive annual 5 star Food Hygiene Ratings since we opened the nursery. We employ additional staff to cover lunchtimes.
We provide three main meals (breakfast, lunch and a high tea) along with healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Menus operate on a 4 week cycle to ensure that we offer children a broad range of nutritious meals. The children are encouraged to make healthy food choices and to try a wide variety of foods to expand their tastes. We work closely with our catering providers to ensure that we meet the nutritional needs of our children. Where possible produce is organically and ethically sourced.

Meals times are a relaxed and positive time. Children are not over-faced with food but rather are given small portions with the option to have more. Children have access to drinking water throughout the day.

Acorns:
Low level tables and chairs are used to enable babies to sit with their peers and staff for additional feeding support.
Babies are encouraged to hold their spoon and assist in feeding themselves, helping them to develop independent feeding skills.

Saplings:
Low level tables and chairs are used to enable toddlers to sit with their peers and staff for additional feeding support.
Toddlers are encouraged to find their chair which is indicated by their mealtime photocard on the table. They are supported to use cutlery and assist in feeding themselves, helping them to develop independent feeding skills.
Children have their own water bottles from home to ensure they are kept hydrated throughout the day.
 
Pre-School:
Low level tables and chairs are used to enable children to sit with their peers and staff during mealtimes.
Children are encouraged to find their chair which is indicated by their mealtime photocard on the table. They are supported to use cutlery and independently feed themselves.
Children in Pre-School use porcelain plates and glass beakers; teaching them to be mindful during mealtimes.
The children have access to drinking water throughout the day at the drinking station.

Breakfast

  • Rice crispies and fresh banana chunks
  • Weetabix & milk with fresh apple slices
  • Natural yogurt with mango puree
  • Bagels, spread and banana
  • Cornflakes and milk with fresh pear slices

 

Lunch

  • Turkey Korma or Cauliflower & lentil korma, naan, rice & green beans/ Rice pudding with fruit compote
  • Lamb Meatballs in arrabiata sauce or Quinoa, spinach and mushroom balls with spaghetti and broccoli / Lemon & Courgette muffin
  • Roast pork with stuffing & apple sauce or Quorn roast, roast potatoes, carrots, peas & gravy / German apple pudding 
  • Cajun chicken or Vegetarian sausages with peppers, rice and salad  / Fruit salad & ice cream
  • Oven baked fish fingers with potato wedges and garden peas / Cherry shortcake

Afternoon Tea

  • Jacket potato with chicken mayo or cheese, Fruity biscuit
  • Farmhouse ploughmen with wholemeal roll, fruit
  • Scrambled egg, cucumber sticks & bread rolls, fruit scones
  • Cheese & mixed bean wraps, carrot sticks, flapjack
  • Assorted wholemeal rolls & cheese cubes, melon fans

Healthy Snacks

  • Rice cakes, cottage cheese & cherry tomatoes
  • Crackerbread, Sardines & cucumber sticks
  • Breadsticks, hummus & carrot sticks
  • Cream Crackers, cheese spread & pineapple chunks
  • Fruit loaf with spread & pear slices
  • Celery sticks & cream cheese
  • Fresh fruit selection
  • Breadstick & mozzarella