At First Steps Nursery we understand that we have a huge responsibility to make sure the food served is of the best quality
Healthy eating is not just about what we put on the plate. It is about educating the children and giving them the knowledge and independence to make healthy choices that will leave them in good stead for the future.
Many of the children who attend First Steps Nursery eat up to ten main meals at nursery a week, making this the majority of their weekly nutritional intake. For us, this is a huge responsibility and we want to ensure that everything the children eat is of the best quality, the menus are balanced and the children enjoy their food.
We are lucky to have talented and passionate people working with us to create these fantastic meals for the children. Our team of cooks love coming up with new ways to excite the children with food. Our kitchens at both nurseries have also received a Level 5 Hygiene Rating standard in recognition of our high cleanliness standards.
It is very important to establish balanced and healthy eating habits early on in life. A balanced diet is vital for a child’s growth and development. Eating habits formed in childhood have a tendency to be continued into adulthood, so if bad habits are formed they are likely to continue.
The food our children eat affects every aspect of their lives: their mood, behaviour, growth, even their ability to concentrate. Good nutrition is vital to a child’s health from building strong bones and teeth to the healthy development of internal organs and overall growth.
All our food is healthy, tasty and cooked on the nursery premises in well equipped kitchens using fresh, wholesome ingredients. Both of our nurseries have a dedicated professional cooks who are well trained in producing the excellent standards of food required.
We provide breakfast, lunch and tea for the children. Our nurseries can cater for dietary preferences such as vegetarian or religious reasons and also for children with food allergies and intolerances. When your child begins attending Nursery you will be asked about their cultural background, dietary requirements, allergies and food preferences. Our menus are posted up in the entrance hall for you to see. The menus are changed weekly so that your child will get the opportunity to try a wide variety of foods.
For our babies weaning food is prepared to suit the individual needs of each child. Weaning starts with freshly prepared vegetable puree mixed with baby rice or on their own and fruit purees then a gradual introduction of all other foods either pureed, mashed etc and finger foods. We are aware of the traditional weaning methods as well as baby led weaning and will work with parents to ensure that children develop healthy appetites and interest in food.
We believe that meal-times should be a happy, sociable time where different, healthy foods are tasted and eating skills can be developed. Older children are encouraged to serve themselves water at mealtimes and use their cutlery appropriately. These are important skills that your child will practice daily. We believe mealtimes are an opportunity for children to practise their manners. We encourage children to say ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ and this is promoted by staff modelling good behaviour and also saying ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ etc
We have recently been awarded the ‘Healthy Business Award’ by Wigan Council in recognition of the healthy food that we prepare for the children. All food is sourced locally and we also have our own vegetable patch which the pre school children attend to during the summer months.
We serve breakfast of cereal and toast (up to 8.15am), healthy snacks and 2 nutritious hot meals for lunch and tea. Our healthy snacks include a fresh fruit and vegetable platter where the children have the opportunity to choose their own snack. All children are given their own personal water bottle when they start at nursery. The children have access to these at all times.