Food & Nutrition
Healthy Eating Culture
We believe that providing nutritious food plays a crucial role in a child’s development, as well as creating the foundations for a lifetime of good food choices.
We use Nursery Kitchen at Rushden Day Nursery, in other settings, our seasonal menus have been developed by our very own nursery chefs. Our menus provide a healthy, nutritious, and balanced food offering across a three-week rotating menu of breakfast, snack options as well as lunch and tea, which include a range of dietary and cultural options.
We think creatively about how good food choices are embedded in who we are and how to make food feel fun, accessible and something we all explore together. Children are introduced to and encouraged to try new things through play and exploration, and provide opportunities for children to learn about a variety of food from around the world.
Dietary & Allergy Requirements
Our menus are designed for inclusion, and we offer alternative options to support cultural preferences and dietary/allergy requirements.
We follow a colour coded plate system in our nurseries which visually identifies food preferences/ requirements and children very quickly identify which colour plate their food will be served on. This process enables our nursery chefs and practitioners to follow a robust, check and double check process.
In all our nurseries we operate a ‘No Nuts Policy’. We endeavour to ensure that there are no nuts or nut traces in any of our food.
Our teams are use to clearly and confidently following safety and hygiene practices and we provide periodic training to ensure food safety and compliance. We are constantly reviewing our kitchen environments to ensure that we can prepare and serve food that is not only delicious, but safe.