At Good Buddies Daycare we believe that meal times should be a social, happy time where skills can be developed and food tasted.
We recognise the importance of a balanced diet in promoting a child’s growth, development and behaviour.
We have three weekly menus that are rotated to ensure all the children’s dietary needs are met daily. We try to include foods from other cultures and to use organic fruit and vegetables as much as possible. Our menus are reviewed regularly at least twice a year to provide a seasonal summer and winter menus.
We display the menus of meals/snacks for the information of parents on the parent notice board. The menus are also included in our parents welcome packs.
We provide nutritious food at all meals and snacks, avoiding large quantities of fat, sugar and salt and artificial additives, preservatives and colourings. Meals consist of lots of organic fresh fruit and vegetables.
We include the following elements in meals which are offered:
- Protein for growth; and
- Essential minerals and vitamins in raw foods, salads and fruits.
- Fresh organic fruit and vegetables where possible
- A vegetarian option
- A halal option
We use meal and snack times to help children to develop independence through making choices, serving food and drink and feeding themselves, we provide a variety of tools to eat with including forks, spoons, knifes and chop sticks if required. All children are encouraged to try or eat half their main meals in order to receive their pudding. The children are encouraged to wash their hands prior to meals and to brush their teeth and wash their faces with adult supervision.
We provide children with utensils which are appropriate for their ages and stages of development and which take account of the eating practices in their cultures. All cutlery is sterilized at the end of each day.
We have fresh drinking water constantly available for the children. We inform the children about how to obtain the water and that they can ask for water or help themselves at any time during the session/day. Milk is offered to the children at snack, lunch and tea times.
All staff who prepare meals and snacks have the relevant food hygiene qualifications and are aware of the nursery’s health and safety and food and drink policy. The food hygiene certificates are displayed in the kitchen and in the staff achievements file for everyone to see. They are updated every 3 years to keep them in date.