Recent government reports concluded that food served in many nurseries is not providing the children with the nutrients that they need, often being low in energy and carbohydrates, high in salt and lacking in essential nutrients iron and zinc. Here at the Nursery Kitchen we believe that it’s important to establish healthy eating habits early on to give our little ones the best start in life. We aim to make this possible by supplying our nurseries with home cooked, nutritional food, bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables and all the essential ingredients necessary for healthy physical and mental development.
A healthy menu doesn't mean denying children of their favourites. There is no reason why children should not be given chunky chips, nutritious snacks and traditional puddings as part of a balanced diet.
At the Nursery Kitchen we understand that you can’t stand still. Innovation is key to our success. Our menus are changed 3 to 4 times a year, in line with the availability of seasonal produce and our nursery’s needs. Above all, we have a flexible approach and are happy to cater for a whole range of dietary requirements including:-
- Dairy Free
- Gluten Free
- Jain (no meat, fish, garlic, onions, eggs, gluten)
- Weaning Foods
Nutritional Guidelines for Nursery food have been set which specify the amounts of nutrients and some foods that children should receive whilst at nursery. Studies repeatedly highlight deficiencies in the food served in many nurseries but the Nursery Kitchen recognises the need for a balanced diet and has recently invested in the services of Food Scientist, Nicky Dexter of Menu Matters to ensure that our menus fully comply with nutritional guidelines.
Nicky has over 16 years of experience in the food industry working on some of the UK’s leading brands. She has provided an in-depth nutritional analysis of numerous nursery menus, advising on changes that are needed to gain compliance.
Check out our sample menus: