Welcome to Meals and Nutrition
Nutrition and meal times are important in any nursery setting as they provide a framework over which to structure the day. At Garden House Nursery Schools our meal times are utilised as an essential learning and development time.
As a Nursery School we do our best to provide a wonderful environment for children, by having a lovely setting, an exciting curriculum, friendly happy team and good hearty food. During a recent review of our food policy, as a team we decided we could do more to provide a nutritious diet for your children throughout the day.
We valued to put as much energy and thought as to what food goes into your children’s bodies as well as to what information goes into their brain. To be a happy healthy child, they need a healthy diet and a stimulating curriculum.
With more than 1 in 5 children overweight or obese as they start their school reception year and children born since the 1980s are now 2-3 times more likely than older generations to be overweight or obese by the age of 10, it’s never been more important to help children gain a healthy start in life and tackle the issue of obesity. We, like you, want only the best for your children. They deserve healthy produce to support their growing bodies and brains to develop into possible future; Prime Ministers, Brain Surgeons, Olympic Athletes or World famous artists. The opportunities are endless.
A healthy balanced diet is essential for children to ensure they grow and develop normally. It has been found that the more varied a child’s diet is, the better their nutritional status will be. Children start learning about food from an early age and those who develop good eating behaviours and consume a variety of foods from a young age are more likely to carry on these good behaviours as they get older.
Our Food Policy fully complies with the Children’s Food Trust Standards, Caroline Walker Trust and Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. Our lunch and supper are provided by an excellent catering company called Zebedees, Zebedees helps us with our vision of healthy nutritious meals. Zebedees provide freshly cooked meals packed with vegetables, various fish and meats and spices (dietary needs dependent). Below is a link to an example of the menu and ingredients your children will be having. They have red tractor farm approved quality fresh food with local and seasonal produce. All meals are made from scratch. They have a strict policy that they do not add any salt and make a conscious effort to make sure the fat and sugar levels meet the strict nutrient targets set out by the Children’s Food Trust and the Caroline Walker Trust. http://www.Zebedees.co.uk
Here at Garden House Nursery Schools we believe that we are in an excellent position to positively influence the health and wellbeing of the children we cater for, sending a clear message that we take good nutrition very seriously.