Food and nutrition
Offering a varied diet encourages children to experience and enjoy new flavours and textures, giving them the confidence they need to try new things. A big part of teaching children about the world around them involves planting and harvesting fruits, vegetables and herbs and letting children see the lifecycle in action.
We support this learning by including seasonal produce in our menus, which often means that children can eat the food they have grown and harvested themselves; this also provides them with a healthy, nutritional and varied balance to the food they eat.
Recommendations exist in the form of nutrient based standards for the amount of energy and nutrients and some foods that should be provided for children aged under five who receive meals and snacks in child care.
As we are all aware every child’s needs are different and dependant on age and gender for which it is important to remember that their requirements will be different. The following recommendations therefore represent average intakes. They are based on percentages of the total daily intake of nutrients required by the ‘average’ child. All staff are allergen trained.