Will my child’s meals be provided?

All of our nursery settings provide a full menu which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and rolling snacks, should your child need them.  We work very hard with our catering suppliers to ensure that your child receives a balanced diet.  We accommodate all diets and special requirements.  To find out more about your specific nursery meal plan please select your chosen nursery.  

Nursery

Cheltenham Nursery

Gloucester Nursery

Jubilee Nursery

York Nursery

Typically, within our crèches we do not provide or allow food to be bought in, however occasionally our crèches may offer children fruit or have special events where food will be available.  On these occasions you will be notified on dropping your child into care and allergies of course will be checked and catered for.

Children attending a holiday club will need to bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks for the duration of their stay.  We ask that children are provided with a balanced, nut free pack up.  To look after those with allergies we ask that children do not food swap whilst in our care.  If we are baking or providing any snacks you will be notified on dropping your child into care and allergies of course will be checked and catered for.

All colleague who prepare food hold a Level 2 award in Food Safety for Catering

Cheltenham Nursery

Our food is provide by our inhouse catering team.  The catering team ensure their produce is responsibly and ethically sourced. Children are provided with a balanced 3-week rotation menu comprising of fish twice weekly, and meat on the remain days, with a vegetarian option on all days.  Please speak to our nursery manager directly about any special dietary requirements.

Gloucester Nursery

Our food is provide by our inhouse catering team.  The catering team ensure their produce is responsibly and ethically sourced. Children are provided with a balanced 3-week rotation menu comprising of fish twice weekly, and meat on the remain days, with a vegetarian option on all days.  Please speak to our nursery manager directly about any special dietary requirements.

York Nursery

Our food is provide by our inhouse catering team.  The catering team ensure their produce is responsibly and ethically sourced. Children are provided with a balanced 3-week rotation menu comprising of fish twice weekly, and meat on the remain days, with a vegetarian option on all days.  Please speak to our nursery manager directly about any special dietary requirements.

Jubilee Nursery

Our food is provide by Holyroyd Howe, providing us with freshly prepared and packed with nutritious ingredients each day.  Children are provided with a balanced 3-week rotation menu comprising of fish twice weekly, and meat on the remain days, with a vegetarian option on all days.  Please speak to our nursery manager directly about any special dietary requirements.

Do you provide milk?

We took the decision not to supply milk as parental preference is so broad.  We ask that breast milk is provided in the bottle and formula milk either a carton, or a pre-measured power container so we can make up feeds when required.  Please ensure you provide enough sterilised bottles for all feeds due.  Milk feeds are served cold or to the right serving temperature.  Simple let our team know what’s best for your baby.

Can I provide expressed breast milk?

We ask that breast milk is provided in the bottle for each feed due whilst in care. Milk feeds are served cold or to the right serving temperature.  Simple let our team know what’s best for your baby.  Please check at the setting whether we have refrigerated conditions and where we don’t please ensure you provide in a suitable insulated carrier.

How do you manage allergies?

As part of our sign up process your child’s allergies will be shared with us and we will ask for a care plan to be completed.  We ensure that the team looking after your child are made aware of their allergies and severity and allergy information is displayed whilst your child is in care. 

We ask that you inform us immediately of any allergy changes, in writing, to ensure our records are kept up to date.

How do you manage dietary requirements?

As part of our sign-up process, we capture your child’s individual dietary requirement.  We recognise that your child’s requirements may be due to a medical condition, cultural preference or during weaning and ask that you notify us immediately if any requirements change, in writing, to ensure our records are kept up to date.

Do you provide a nut free environment?

Whilst we do not use nuts in any of our menus and we ask parents and our colleagues not to bring nuts, or nut products into any of our settings, many food are labelled with “may contain” and therefore whilst we cannot guarantee that our settings are completely free from specific allergens, we do ensure, through our policies, that those children with allergens do not come into contact with them.  We ask that you keep us updated if your child develops or their reaction to an allergen change and you notify us of the severity of reaction to ensure we manage the risk accordingly. 

How do you encourage good eating habits?

Whilst children are eating, they are encouraged to sit and enjoy their food and try new foods.  We use snack and meal times as an opportunity to create conversation with their peer group and our colleagues.  During meal times we have a colleague sitting and eating with the children to encourage good eating habits.  Cultural differences in eating habits are respected and you will be informed of what your child has eaten either on collection or via our nursery software app.