At Little Angels, we take nutrition very seriously because a healthy, balanced diet is crucial during a child’s early years development.
This is why we are proud to provide fresh, healthy and tasty meals. All of which are prepared daily on-site by our experienced chef using organic ingredients. Your child will be served breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack and tea, all of which are included in our fees. Our menus change weekly to ensure a variety of wholesome, nutritionally-balanced and appetising dishes. Copies of our menus can be obtained from the nursery team or through our Famly App to help you plan meals for your child at home.
We operate meatless Mondays, international discovery Wednesdays and fish Fridays to ensure children are consuming a varied and balanced diet and discovering new cuisines from a young age. We also encourage the children to learn about what they are eating and make healthy choices. We do this by organising mini cooking classes to get them engaged with the food they consume. You might bring them home one day, and they’ll cook your dinner!
Our menus follow the Caroline Walker Trust food guidelines to guarantee balanced and nutritious meals. We do not add salt, artificial additives or sugar to any of our dishes. We use organic ingredients and ensure all dishes are free from hydrogenated fats.
Each meal is designed to provide a balanced portion of protein, vegetables and a slow-releasing complex carbohydrate. Any dietary needs, such as food intolerances, allergies and religious choices, are all considered in the preparation of the meals and can be catered for separately. Fresh drinking water is available at all times. An example of your child’s weekly nursery meal plan could be:
We ensure that great care is taken when preparing meals and food is cut into small pieces enabling your child to eat enjoyably and safely. For these reasons, we have our own strict internal procedures regarding food safety such as not serving children whole grapes, cherry tomatoes, meatballs and any other foods with has the potential to cause choking. We also prioritise hygiene and ensure all ingredients are washed, cooked and served safely and hygienically.
From milk to food
Parents and guardians are asked to provide bottles with formula or breast milk for children who require them. Once your child is ready to be weaned onto solids, we will provide a meal that you feel comfortable with, e.g. pureed vegetables. We then gradually progress with the diet by adding different foods and moving onto different textures when you and your child are ready. We are happy to spoon-feed or to facilitate baby lead weaning, or, as is more common, a healthy combination of both. We liaise with parents and guardians on a regular basis throughout this exciting time.
Our menus are designed to encourage independent eating and meals are served at the table. This encourages eating together as a community and reinforces the enjoyment of sharing a meal with others.