Another fabulous idea from the lovely Book Nook!
Come and listen to the story before taking part in the craft activity. You can then take home your creation. Free but please book. For ages 3+.
|Week 1||Weeks Beginning 26th Feb, 19th March, 9th April, 30th April, 21st April 2018|
|Quorn and Leek Bake||Vegetable Curry and Rice||Turkey Pasticcio||Spaghetti Bolognese||Fish Pie|
|Week 2||Weeks Beginning 5th March, 26th March, 16th April, 7th May 2018|
|Cottage Pie||Quorn Thai Curry||Tuna Pasta Bake||Chicken Casserole||Sausage Casserole|
|Week 3||Weeks beginning 12th March, 2nd April, 23rd April, 14th May, 4th June 2018|
|Spaghetti Carbonara||Chilli Con Carne and Rice||Sausage and Mash or Sausage Risotto||Macaroni Cheese||Tuna Fish Cakes with New Potatoes and Baked Beans|
Food is really something to write home about here at Young Friends as we prioritize the nutritional benefit of home-style meals made on site by our three chefs. The kitchen is located off of the Baboon (2yr old) room, so the children enjoy the added benefit of the fresh aroma of food and watching the chefs prepare it. We avoid added sugar and provide the children with healthy options of snacks and puddings.
We believe in creating a love for healthy food; and we strongly believe it is up to us to help develop these tastes from day one. Because of this every single meal that we serve fresh and healthy – whether this be a snack or main meal.
We are very proud of having our very own and experienced chef, Gillian and her partner in crime Kelly. Gillian is the mother of the owner, Louise and has many years experience cooking for children. Kelly and Gillian fashion a different three week cycle menu that changes every season. All recipes are delicious and each menu is derived from recipes that are favourites with the children. If it doesn’t work they change it.
We use our own knowledge combined with advice and literature from the ‘Healthy Early Years’ team to ensure that each day has a balance of 3-5 bread/cereal/potatoes, 5 portions of fruit and veg, 2-3 portions of meat, fish and vegetarian alternatives and 3 portions of dairy. Our snacks are also detailed in our 3 week rotating cycle so that all of our team, who prepare the snacks, know exactly what amount to give to each child.
Our meals are given in accurate child portions to encourage self-monitoring of appropriate appetites for each stage of development (of course this slightly varies according to the size of the child). Also so that children with smaller appetites don’t get frightened by too much food on their plate. The first portion is measured out but there is plenty of food so they can have as many portions as they wish.
Drinks are milk and water so as to take care of the children’s teeth and we do not serve any sweet spreads such as jam or honey. We feel this is down to you, the families to decide whether or not to give to your children, not us.
At snack time our children get a fantastic array of fresh fruit and vegetables and healthy carbohydrates and spreads from all areas of the world. We encourage their taste buds to grow and be as adventurous as possible.
Please take a look at our current 3 week menu cycle on this site to see what delicious food the lucky children are eating now.
A full day (8-6) at Young Friends includes the following: