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 Linden Tree our meal times are utilised as an essential learning and development time.

As a childcare provider we do our best to provide a wonderful environment for children, by having a lovely setting, an exciting curriculum, friendly happy staff 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.

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). Attached is 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. www.Zebedees.co.uk Here at Linden Tree 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.

We offer the following options:

Bottle fed:
For children who are still on formula or their mother’s milk. You are asked to provide a supply of your preferred baby milk or expressed milk. You may want to bring your own bottles – however these can be provided for your child in the nursery. Arrangements will be discussed during Settling in Sessions.

Weaning:
We start with fruit and vegetable purees, then when ready, move on to meat and vegetable puree and eventually mushed main meals.

Solids:
Most children follow the weekly nursery menu. We also accomodate all dietary requirements including no dairy, no gluten and vegetarian. Details can be discussed during your Settling in Session and as your child grows.

Snacks:

We would much rather provide fresh vegetables and fruit than packeted carbohydrates.  Children have the choice of; apples, pears, melons, pineapple, bananas, plums, celery, carrots, peppers etc. with hummus for the morning and afternoon snack

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