We are a vegetarian nursery because we have a diverse clientele and we wanted every child to feel that they can partake in all dishes made by our kitchen team. If we served meat would it be kosher or halal? So by offering a vegetarian menu every child, apart from those with dietary needs, can enjoy the same menu.
We have two chefs and three kitchen porters. Our Chef Manager makes the main meal and the second chef makes all the dietary requirement meals. Our chefs will meet with parents to establish any dietary requirements for new children. We try as much as possible to prepare meals that are similar as the children are very aware if they are not being offered the same dishes. Our Chef Manager will spend time within the rooms talking to children about their lunch, what they like to eat, and most importantly, what they can make together. For the children in our older rooms he organises ‘cooking days’, making bread, vegetarian pizzas or other delights! Children bring fruit and vegetables into nursery to share at snack time.
Practitioners in all classes promote healthy eating and good food choices and respect children’s choices whilst modelling good behaviour and manners at the table and they sit alongside the children during meal times. Some classes grow vegetables in the vegetable patch in our garden, enabling them to make potato soup with the potatoes, and eat the freshly picked tomatoes.