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NUTRITION

We believe in providing well balanced, healthy and nutritious meals for all our nursery children, and that a healthy diet and physical activity positively impacts a child's mental wellbeing. Our menus are created to include foods that aid concentration, such as wholemeal foods, free range meat and fish, and fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables. All our food is organic and free of additives and made from scratch daily by our nursery cooks. Most 'learning' at the nursery is done in the morning when the children are at their most receptive following our nutritious breakfasts of organic porridge, homemade sugar-free granola, free range eggs on homemade wholemeal toast etc. We offer savoury snacks and have cut out all refined sugar (using natural sugars such as maple syrup in treat foods) to avoid 'sugar spike and crash' syndrome which has a detrimental effect on mental stimulation and learning.

We follow the advice of our nutritionist, Laura Bond, a nutritional health coach, author and journalist with over 10 years’ experience. Her features have appeared in The Sunday Times, Tatler, The Mail on Sunday, Psychologies, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Healthy. Laura works closely with us to ensure our menus are healthy, nutritious and of the highest standard. We want to offer your children a variety of tasty organic food to stimulate their taste buds and encourage a lifetime of healthy eating. www.laura-bond.com

We believe mealtimes should be seen as social occasions to encourage healthy eating habits. The children sit in small groups with a teacher, who promotes good table manners, talks to them about what they are eating and where it comes from and encourages them to try new foods. The older children help lay the table and pour drinks for their peers to teach mealtime good practice. As part of this, all the children clean their teeth after each meal and at the same time are educated in the importance of good oral hygiene. We do not offer sugar sweetened drinks, fruit juices or drinks with no added sugar which can all cause dental decay.

We cater for all children's dietary requirements and intolerances, as well as specific religious needs. Our cooks are well versed in these varying diets and are experienced in removing or substituting ingredients that may not be suitable for that particular child. We include children of all levels of physical ability in our health and wellbeing programme and work with disability specialists where needed, to support those with specific physical needs.

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