Food and Nutrition

Healthy Eating

We recognise the importance of a healthy diet in children's development and eating well is an important part of keeping healthy. Children who eat a healthy diet are not usually ill as often, have more energy and a more developed concentration span.

At Northumbria University Nursery we support children's learning to enable them to make positive choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle.

Young children are learning all the time from what they see as well as what they are told. Serving regular meals and sitting down with children at mealtimes is important. This is a great opportunity for children to learn to enjoy good food as well as table manners and social skills such as speaking and listening.

Nutrition

All meals and snacks provided are nutritious. Foods from all the main food groups are included in our menus and include: Potatoes, pasta, rice, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, pulses, milk, cheeses, and yoghurts.

Foods high in fat will be served in smaller amounts since these should not be excluded as some fat in the diet is essential and also provides some of the fat soluble vitamins i.e. vitamins A, D, and E.

Mealtimes

Mealtimes are a relaxed and enjoyable time in all nursery rooms. Babies sit in family groups with staff with their key worker wherever possible.

Toddler and Pre School room children enjoy meals in groups of 4 - 6 with one member of staff. They are encouraged to set their own lunch places, try all foods offered, serve themselves when able, pour their own drinks and clear away their dirty dishes.

A child will never be forced to eat food they dislike, they will however, be encouraged to try very small portions of all food.

We aim to provide healthy, nutritious meals and snacks for children at nursery. A wide variety of foods are provided to give children the experience of many different tastes and textures.

The following food is provided:

  • 8.00 - cereal or toast, milk or juice
  • 10am - milk and snack
  • 12 noon Lunch - main course and dessert
  • 3pm Tea - savoury, sweet, fruit, vegetable
  • 5pm - drink and snack

Drinks

Children have access to fresh drinking water at all times and one third of a pint of organic full fat milk is provided daily for the children.

Diluted pure unsweetened fruit juice will only be served at meal times as this can help the body absorb iron.

Food Preferences, Allergies and Special Diets

We will obtain dietary information from parents in advance of the child being admitted to the nursery. Parents of children who are on special diets will be asked to provide as much information as possible about suitable foods and in some cases may be asked to provide the food themselves.

A specific allergy plan will be implemented to support individual children who may have an allergic reaction.

Written parental permission will be requested at the time of the child's admission allowing the nursery to seek any necessary emergency medical advice or treatment to support the child.

Breastfeeding

We support the promotion and practice of breast feeding at Northumbria University Nursery and parents are welcome to breastfeed in our Baby Room. We also have facilities to store expressed milk.

Weaning

We follow the guidelines of The Department of Health which recommends babies should not be weaned until around 6months and solid food should never be introduced before 4 months (17 weeks) of age. We support both adult led and child led weaning plans.