All our meals are cooked fresh on site by our wonderful Nursery Chefs. It’s usually around this time that the Chef and I monitor portion sizes and the appropriateness of the quantities and consistencies served for each age group.
We follow a strict and robust approach to dietary requirements by using a traffic light system to help us clearly identify the children who require alternatives for cultural and religious reasons or allergy and intolerances to food. Before the food even reaches the child, it must be checked and signed by the Chef, management team and a further check and sign off by a qualified level 3 practitioner. All staff, including myself are also provided with a delicious meal, this is part of our approach in supporting staff well-being and ensuring staff are fueling their bodies and minds to look after these little treasures.
We work very closely with the team at the Early Years Nutrition Partnership working towards the advanced EYNP accreditation. I often liaise with their nutritionists for advice that I can share with parents about their child’s fussy eating, weaning and portion control.