Nursery Kitchen

At Once Upon A Time Daycare, we believe in instilling healthy eating habits in children from a young age. We place great importance on ensuring that all our meals primarily consist of organic, fresh, and seasonal produce. Collaborating with local producers, we aim to support our community and minimize our carbon footprint.

Our goal is to transform meal times into social and educational experiences for the children. Encouraging them to eat together around a large table fosters a sense of family, promoting good eating habits and table manners. Children aged two years and above are encouraged to serve their own food, fostering conversations about their choices. Staff members join the children at the table, assisting with feeding the babies and discussing the day’s menu with older children. A point of pride for us is our nursery’s allotments, where we grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, allowing us to educate children about food from ‘Soil to Plate.’

For breakfast, we offer a selection of porridge, muesli, cereal, yogurt, toast, or fruit, depending on the season. Our mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks are both healthy and appetizing, designed to bridge the gap between main meals and include fruit or crudité twice a day. Older children learn to help prepare their snacks and serve themselves.

Both lunch and dinner are substantive meals, providing a varied and balanced diet tailored to each child’s stage of weaning.

Our meals will be prepared daily by our very own nursery chef. The menus are compiled following the guidelines of the Caroline Walker Trust’s daily nutritional recommendations for children under 5, ensuring a healthy, balanced, age-appropriate diet. We display our seasonal menus in the reception for you to see what your child is eating each day. Additionally, we can cater to different dietary requirements and allergies.

The menus rotate on a four-week basis and change seasonally for summer and winter. One of the highlights of the menu is the ‘Around the World Day,’ which occurs once every four weeks. During this event, children are introduced to foods from different cultures.

Fresh drinking water is always available in our rooms, and the children have their own named cups. We provide locally sourced cow’s milk at snack time for our older children.