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Healthy Eating

We feel home-cooked, healthy, nutritious meals are important in ensuring children are ready for the day ahead, alongside promoting active learning and development.

At Woodend we offer a large variety of healthy eating options ensuring there is something to suit all children’s tastes and requirements.  Our team of nursery assistants all have had food hygiene training and prepare and provide a daily variety of healthy breakfast and snacks.

We have a great partnership with a local catering company who provide Chef's Lunches on a daily basis. We have three menus on weekly rotation. All meals are freshly cooked with focus on healthy and nutritional ingredients, and also ensures any food intolerances or allergies are catered for. 

Fresh water is available through out the day for all children.

Breakfast is offered between 7:30 and 8.30am and we provide a large variety of healthy cereals, fruit and wholemeal toast, poached eggs alongside milk or water.

Morning Snack is served from 9:45am and includes an array of healthy options and including a range of fresh fruit or vegetables ensuring children make healthy choices.

Babies and younger toddlers are closely supported by key workers and encouraged to try and self feed when ready. Older toddlers and our Pre-schoolers enjoy pouring their own drinks sharing and joining in with key workers chatting and learning about the healthy snack choices available and learning to use table manners.

Our Chef's Lunches are served between 11:45am and 1pm depending on age groups. a healthy lunch and pudding with a choice of fruit and water through out. 

The children are given a warm well-balanced meal and a healthy dessert/cake. 

The firm favourites are: Lamb Tattie Pot, Meatballs and Chicken dinner! 

Examples of the weekly menus are shown below.

Afternoon Snack is provided around 2:45pm, comprising a healthy snack with different choices of fruit or vegetables to accompany the snack.

Also we offer a late tea for children who require it.

 

Healthy Eating at Woodend

Our daily menu will provide your child with their all important 5 a day portions of fruit and vegetables.

Breakfast: Selection of cereals, wholemeal toast, boiled eggs and fruit

Morning snack: Crackers, cheese and grapes or humous, breadsticks and cucumber. All served with fresh fruits or vegetables

Afternoon snack: Banana Loaf, Quiche, scrambled eggs on toast. All served with fruit and vegetables 

Children help lay the tables and learn table manners. They serve each other with drinks and snacks.

Examples of our Chef's Lunches below

CHEF'S LUNCHES

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Weaning

For the babies in our setting we provide home cooked pureed fruit, vegetables and different cooked meat meals adapted to be safe and nutritious for babies under 2 years old. The lunches are balanced and nutritious and provided by a local outside caterer.

After 12 months of age our meals are prepared or adapted appropriately.

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Our Mini Chef's love cooking!

The Children do a lot of cooking at our nursery and will often eat what they have made that day, As an example; homemade quiche would be made by the children in the day as part of activity and then often eaten for afternoon snack along with a salad. 

Claire has nutrition and healthy eating training and makes sure the children learn how to cook and try different foods.

We show sensitivity in providing for children's diets and allergies. 

We collect eggs from out chickens an we eat our seasonal fruit and vegetables from the edible garden to serve with meals. We can provide balanced meals for any type of specific dietary requirements including vegan children.

Please let us know if there are any foods your child dislikes so we can provide an alternative for them.

We keep our parents informed about all of the great activities the children get involved in here at Woodend Country Childcare in our monthly newsletter.