Food & Nutrition
Here at Leap Ahead we take great pride in providing nutritious, varied and wholesome food for all our children all included in our highly affordable childcare fees
Food our children eat affects every aspect of their lives: their mood, behaviour, growth, even their ability to concentrate. Good nutrition is vital to a child's health from building strong bones and teeth to the healthy development of internal organs and general growth. Right from breakfast which is served from 8am, we ensure that children are provided with meals based on their dietary needs & their preferences. Our self serving Snack Bars mid morning & mid afternoon give children both a healthy choice of snacks & drinks including water & milk. Older children are encouraged to self serve themselves & clean up afterwards too. Examples of snack bar choices include selections of fresh fruit choice, cereals, carrot & cucumber batons with dip.
The food we prepare needs to look good and taste even better however if the meal is not liked by a child there is always an alternative available. We offer the children a hot lunchtime meal and a lighter hot or cold tea (depending on the season). Our menu’s are always available for parents to browse over on our Parents Notice Board. Examples of main meals include:- Pasta dishes such as Pasta Bolognaise & Traffic Light Pasta, Cottage Pie, Noodles with Sweet & Sour Chicken & warming casseroles.
All menu's are set individually to the nurseries depending on children's likes & dislikes.
Babies in our care can be fed with the breast milk or formula milk provided by their parents. Their mealtimes are dictated by their routine at home, and they are cuddled while they are fed, just as they would be at home. Weaning onto solid foods is always done in consultation with the parents. We feed freshly pureed food, and only introduce new ingredients once you have tried them safely at home or you have agreed there use. We tell you what your child has eaten, and how much, again, keeping to the routine they have at home.
Food allergies cause the immune system to react to a particular food as if it isn't safe. If the allergy is severe, this can cause a life-threatening reaction. Food intolerance does not involve the immune system, and is generally not life-threatening. If someone eats a food to which they are intolerant, this can make them feel ill or affect their long-term health. If your child has a food allergy it may be necessary to seek medical advice from your child's GP to provide a Treatment Plan for the nursery to follow in the event of an emergency. Following a formal Risk Assessment, a Health Care Plan is then developed and agreed with the parents. All staff then receive accurate information on the child's allergy, and this is displayed in each relevant room and a copy displayed in the kitchen.
The Nursery Cook, Senior Staff & all staff who prepare food and are trained and qualified to Level 2 in Food Safety, all of our staff are regularly trained to maintain the highest standards of food safety and hygiene.
We are more than happy for our parents contributions to our menu ideas. We look at changing our menus to fit the summer & winter seasons, so please contact the staff at your setting or add your suggestions the the Parents Comment Box.