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Our wonderful food is what brings many people to Young Friends Nursery. It gives parents and carers peace of mind knowing their child’s meals, at whatever time of the day, are full of goodness and nutrition. The fabulous lunches are all home cooked by Louise’s mum, Gillian and her assistant Stephanie. They wisk up all lunches from scratch with mostly organic and totally fresh ingredients. Nothing is shop bought so it is naturally GM free. Our families can relax knowing their little ones are getting the very best throughout the day.
We have a thriving vegetable patch that is a large part of our education at Young Friends. When the season allows the children pick herbs, fruit and vegetables together to add to the meals and snacks.
All meals are cooked in view in our lovely kitchen. We ensure every meal contains a healthy nutritional balance of fat, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
We treat every mealtime as a special social occasion. We sit with and encourage the children to interact with their peers, talk, try and learn about new and healthy foods in a homely, relaxed and welcoming environment. We incorporate a well thought out mix of foods from different cultures into our 3-weekly menu cycle – not just reserving them for planned opportunities for learning about different cultures. However we do this too. We also use food in other opportunities to give the children at Young Friends many varied experiences and a deep knowledge about textures, tastes and nutrition.
A current 3 week menu is available for parents to look at on our notice board – Click here to see the current menu.
Gillian Lloyd-Evans, Louise’s mother, cooks our tasty food. She is a fantastic cook and she produces a varied and innovative menu full of flavour that the children really enjoy.
If parents/carers wish to offer any suggestions for additions to our menu they are always gratefully received. Recipes for any of our meals are available on request.
Between 8 and half past the children who are in early can have breakfast. They have a choice of healthy cereals and fruit and a choice of milk and water. We make sure they are well and truly set up for their morning of playing and learning!
Snacks & Drinks
Mid-morning our children have a choice of fresh juicy fruit freshly prepared on the premises along with organic cow’s milk and water.
All children have easy access to their labelled water area all day – they have identical water stations for easy identification throughout the nursery. They each have their own water beaker or sports bottle (age and development stage depending) filled each morning with filtered water. We actively encourage all our children to drink regularly throughout the day.
Mid-afternoon we offer a more substantial snack to see the children through to their evening meal at home with their families.
This may be whole meal sandwiches, bagels, potato cakes, crumpets, whole meal toast, mini pancakes etc. made with a variety of fillings and/or dips e.g. cream cheese or humus along with fresh and/or dried fruits. As an alternative to bread we offer a range of alternatives e.g. whole-wheat multi-seed crackers, rye bread, rice cakes etc. also with a range of healthy toppings.
Just before five the children who are at nursery all day sit down to a hot meal. The menu for this is available on the parent notice boards. This is a more substantial snack again – enough to keep their tummies happy till they get home. At the moment the weekly meals are scrambled eggs on granary toast with tomato, mediterranian vegetable pasta, home made fresh vegetable pizza toast, baked beans on granary toast with salad, fresh vegetable rissotto with peas, sweetcorn and tomato.
Menu Summer 2012
(Soon to change to Autumn/Winter menu)
All of the following are homemade with high quality fresh and nutritious ingredients and are cooked on site by Gillian and Stephanie in our +wonderful open plan kitchen. The children pick herbs they have grown themselves in our vegetable patch to add to the dishes. Most meat is organic, all eggs are free range, all vegetables are fresh and usually organic.
WEEK 1. WEEKS BEGINNING JULY 9TH, JULY 30TH, AUGUST 20TH, SEPT 10TH 2012
|Hearty sausage, home-made mash and peas||Fresh butternut risotto||Home-made vegetable fingers, home-made chips and baked beans||Oven-baked potatoes, cheese, baked beans and fresh salad||Fresh haddock kedgeree and garden peas|
WEEK 2. WEEKS BEGINNING JULY 16TH, AUG 6TH, AUG 27TH, SEPT 17TH, OCT 8TH 2012
|Chicken or quorn and fresh vegetable curry, boiled rice and fresh salad||Spaghetti bolognese and garden peas||Fresh macaroni cheese and garden peas||Corned beef hash and dumplings||Haddock or cod fish pie and garden peas|
WEEK 3. WEEKS BEGINNING JULY 23RD, AUG 13TH, SEPT 3RD, SEPT 24TH, OCT 15TH 2012
|Fresh tomato and tuna pasta bake and fresh salad||Fresh roasted vegetables and rice gratin||Fresh vegetable lasagne, home-made garlic bread and fresh salad||Marinated chicken and rice and fresh vegetables||Home-made tuna fish cakes, home-made chips and baked beans|
These are a variation of fresh and healthy (but very tasty) puddings. They may include, among other things, smoothies, fresh fruit, organic yoghurt, homemade fruit ice creams, stewed fruit crumbles and the odd little treat like homemade custard! We try hard to cater for most usual food intolerances and preferences, though some may need to be supplemented by the child’s family if they are harder to find in our usual place of shopping. It is the families’ responsibility to come to the best individual arrangement with the nursery).
Our healthy education regarding food does not stop at mealtimes however. Far from it. We encourage and provide the knowledge and means for our team to do healthy cooking activities with the children. Our healthy ethos dictates that children learn far more about cooking and tastes and smells etc. from creating savoury snacks and meals than from merely baking cakes and bread during cooking times. We have a healthy cooking book that we consistently add to with meals and snacks for the children to create and learn all about different foods, techniques and cultures and really get those little taste buds excited about trying new herbs, vegetables, fruits and all things healthy. We believe you can’t put a price on creating healthy and varied food preferences and by creating them young they will be with them for life! Examples of the food our children cook during their regular cooking activities are falafels, stuffed peppers, cheese and tomato melts, vegetarian parcles, healthy veggie wraps, fish bites to name a small fraction.
We believe the healthy nature of everything we do at Young Friends makes the nursery stand out from the rest. We are completely dedicated to this ethos because we know how important it is to parents and carers to know their children are getting the very best.