Healthy minds. Healthy bodies. Healthy appetites. Our approach to eating encompasses all three, with a combination of sociable mealtimes and balanced nutrition, with varied, freshly prepared menus.
If your child comes to us every day, then the majority of meals they eat during the week will be provided by us, so it’s a responsibility we take particularly seriously. Bad food habits can start early and can cause ongoing problems, so we make sure our children are offered a wide variety of flavours from menus that are certified as nutritionally balanced.
Each mealtime is a happy, relaxed and sociable occasion – and a new opportunity to learn. Children sit in small groups with one of their team who leads by example, encouraging them to try new things and helping to serve, as well as initiating conversation. Children have a natural curiosity, which we extend to food, introducing new flavours and textures to smell and taste.
Strong, healthy little bodies, fizzing with energy – that’s what we’re after. To get good stuff out, we put good stuff in. Our nutritionally balanced food is freshly prepared on site by our own qualified chefs. Our chefs minimise the use of sugar and other additives. They never add salt. Your child will be offered a minimum of four portions of fruit and vegetables every day and we use local suppliers whenever possible.
Planned specifically to meet the nutritional needs of children, our award winning menus are healthy and well balanced. We devise varied menu plans each season, which reflect diverse cultures to broaden our children’s experience of the wider world.
If your child has specific dietary requirements (whether medical, cultural, ethical, religious or even just a personal preference), we’ll do our best to accommodate their individual diet.
We provide formula milk for babies and The Baby Room has a dedicated milk preparation area. We can also store and prepare bottles of expressed milk if you’re breastfeeding. We follow whatever feeding routine you have at home.
If you want to leave your baby with a full tum, or top them up before you head for home, you can breastfeed anywhere at the centre, including in a special sitting area for those who prefer a little privacy.
Once your child is ready to start weaning, our varied weaning menu (freshly prepared by our chef), will allow them to experiment with different flavours and textures, all the while bearing in mind their nutritional needs.