Healthy eating for us is not just about what’s on the Twinkles menu, but how we educate the children about the food they eat and the example that we as adults set to them. The food a child eats in their early years can influence their dietary habits later in life, so it’s important to instill good habits and a healthy relationship with food from an early age. Some of our children attend full time, which means we are providing them with 15 meals each week, that is a lot of responsibility! Mealtimes are a social occasion and we use the opportunity to talk about what we are eating, where it has come from and what ingredients have been used to make the dishes. We sit with the children as we often find that even the most reluctant eater is willing to try new dishes if we eat with them. Children are also given lots of opportunity to personalise their meals, by preparing and adding their own toppings to our yummy homemade pizzas for example.
We recently sent out our Quality Questionnaire and received lots of feedback about the nursery menu. We have taken all on the suggestions on board and sought the advice of a nutritionist, to ensure that final version of our Summer menu offered a healthy, balanced diet for the children. Here are some of the changes we made:
- We have reduced the amount of home baking, and the remaining cakes and biscuits are made with healthier recipes
- We have added more fresh fruit and vegetables, ensuring that each day we are offering at the very least 5 portions
- We added more dishes from around the world, to encourage children to be adventurous from a young age
Our Summer menu was launched at the beginning of May and we have just reached the end of the last week. We are delighted that so many of the new dishes have proved popular with the children and have had several requests from parents for recipes to try at home.
To see the new Summer menu, click here