We’re really excited to be trialling our new summer menu with the children for the week of the 17th to 21st June. Nikki’s been working hard at the nursery with an experienced dietician to develop a new menu in line with the guidelines released by the Children’s Food Trust in the Autumn of 2012. This is a rigorous, research based report at the forefront of childhood nutrition.
We’ve always been proud of the delicious food we serve at the nursery, which Nikki prepares daily, and from our parent feedback we know that our parents and children appreciate it too! Providing children with a balanced diet is essential for growth and development, but it also provides the foundation for healthy eating through to adulthood. That’s why we spend so much time perfecting our menu and also teaching the children about food through cookery classes, fun activities and of course our new allotment!
You’ll notice some changes to the menu, which is why we are trialling it for a week to start to understand how it might work. Rest assured, it will be the same high quality, variety of delicious food, with many of our existing recipes remaining. The biggest change you’ll notice is the distribution of calories throughout the day. The new menu focusses on providing a more even spread of food, adopting the “little and often” approach. This means that breakfasts and snacks will be bigger and the lunch portions will be smaller. We’re also going to remove the fruit bowl from the rooms. We’ve noticed that most children will choose the same fruits every day. We’ll still be offering lots of fresh fruit, but this way the children will be exposed to a wider variety of fruit, which provides a larger range of vitamins and minerals too.
During the trial week all children will have the supper, at no extra charge. This is to help our understanding of how the new menu might work and also make the planning simpler for Nikki but if or when we introduce the new menu, the usual additional supper charge would apply.
If your child has a special menu or preferences, please can you get your signed menus back to us as soon as possible, but before Friday 14th June, thank you.
We would really appreciate your comments and feedback on the new menu. It is a trial and if it isn’t successful, we’ll revert back to our existing menu. If the trial goes well, as expected, we’ll have a month long trial in August or September. If you have any questions or comments you can talk to your Key Worker, Nikki the chef or you can always contact us via email or Facebook.