At Once Upon A Time Daycare we believe it is important to be taught how to make healthy eating choices from a young age. We place great importance on all of our meals comprising of predominantly organic, fresh and seasonal produce. We work with local producers in order to help support our community and cut down as much as possible on carbon footprints.
We aim to make meal times a social and educational experience for the children. We encourage children to eat together around large table as a family. This promotes good eating habits and table manners, children that are two years and above are encouraged to serve their own food which promotes conversation about what they are eating and gives them choices. Staff join the children at the table, helping to feed the babies and talking to the older children about what’s on the menu that day. Where we feel we truly excel as a nursery is that we have our very own allotments where we grow varied fruits, vegetables and herbs so we can educate children about food from “Soil to plate”.
For breakfast we will be serving a selection of porridge, muesli, cereal, yogurt, toast or fruit depending on the season. Our mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks are healthy and appetizing and designed to fill the gap between main meals. They will include fruit or crudité twice a day. Our older children will learn to help prepare their own snack and to serve themselves.
Lunch and dinner are both substantive meals offering 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 put together following the guidelines of the Caroline Walker Trust daily nutritional guidelines for under 5’s and represent a healthy, balanced, age appropriate diet. We display our seasonal menus in reception for you to see what you child is eating that day, we can also cater for diferent dietry requirements and allergies.
The menus rotate on a four-weekly basis and change seasonally for summer and winter. One of the highlights of the menu is the Around the World Day once every four weeks. As part of this the children are introduced to food 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.
Dairy Free Pizza with Parma Ham, Red Peppers, Sweetcorn & Fresh Basil
- Pizza Dough
- Pizza Sauce
- Parma Ham
- Red Peppers
- Fresh Basil
Dairy Free Pizza (No Cheese) you can add Mozzarella if you like.
Smoked Salmon Fishcakes
- Smoked Salmon