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Meals and Nutrition

 
  
At Horseshoe Day Nursery and Preschool we know that a varied and nutritionally balanced diet is essential to every child’s development and active participation during their time at nursery and home. Depending on the session attended children will enjoy a morning snack and/or afternoon tea and a hot lunch served with pudding. I

n addition to milk or water at meal times, drinking water is available throughout the day. Our preschool children develop their independence by accessing their water fountain whilst toddlers choose their own cups and our babies enjoy one to one care with their Key Person. This personalised approach ensures our staff support you and your baby when your baby develops from milk to pureed, finely chopped, chopped and normal food. Our delicious meals and approach to meal times ensure any child’s eating habits are developed with patience, understanding and encouragement.
 
Seasonal products prepared on site
Our nursery chef works on site in our newly equipped kitchen. All meals reflect seasonal local produce and are prepared daily from ingredients selected for their absolute freshness and quality. By focusing on this we avoid the use of salt, pepper, colouring, artificial flavours and additives. We are also able to accommodate special dietary needs such as nut allergies and dairy or wheat intolerance. Your child’s Key Person will always be available to talk to you to ensure that your child’s dietary requirements are being met.
 
Involving the Children
Our commitment and approach to your child’s learning values their participation, experimentation and decision making. Therefore, cooking and tasting, where children experiment with new textures, colours and smells as they mix, pour and measure ingredients, form part of our early childhood curriculum. Including the children in elements of food preparation gives the opportunity for discussions about healthy eating and diets. Kevin, our chef, works with the children and getting them more involved in food preparation. He encourages the children to learn from him by doing cooking sessions with them. He will also start working with them in the garden growing their own vegetables when our new Forest school opens towards the end of 2010.
 
Winning Awards
Our nursery chef, Kevin, and his assistant, Alum, were awarded with 5 star rating for their outstanding efforts in a routine inspection on 27th July 2010 by Elmbridge Borough Council's Environmental Health & Licensing Division. The inspection is to make sure that the food we supply is safe to eat and that we comply with food safety legislation. This scheme allows the public to view the latest assessment of food hygiene standards made by officers following their inspections. The score is in the form of a star rating ranging from five to zero stars, where five stars shows excellent standards and zero stars indicates that major improvements are required.
 
 
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