On The Menu
Nutritious, delicious and sociable. Three words that aptly describe our ethos relating to the food the nursery provides to your child.
Our cooks take great pride in meal planning and the standard of food they produce. The meals are homemade from scratch and just to put this into context across the three nurseries they provide around 250 meals a day!
We currently have 5* Excellent rating from the EHO, and this we are pleased to say has been the standard for some years.
We currently provide 2 hot meals a day at our Bourne Valley ,Odstock and Durrington Day Nurseries.
Our Parsonage Nursery in Amesbury requires children to bring packed lunches but does provide a morning and afternoon snack
Please see our winter menu samples below. Each nursery may make alterations so please ask in the nursery if you wish to see a copy of their specific menu. The daily menu is displayed in each nursery.
Our menus change periodically and are a mix of firm favourites interspersed with new and more unusual dishes. These are intended to keep the menu fresh and broaden a child’s palate by introducing and encouraging children to try different tastes and textures. The theories say it takes 11 attempts introduce new foods successfully so we don’t give up easily but equally no child is ever forced to eat something they don’t like. In all the settings we provide healthy snacks twice a day which comprises of lots of fruit and raw vegetables.
We source our meat and fruit and vegetables from local suppliers.
Food, nutrition and safefy
We have always made the nutritional value of our food a key consideration and last year we went one step further in understanding the exact values in our meals. We voluntarily took part in a food survey run by Wiltshire County Council studying the food provision in schools and nurseries across the county. Every meal we produced across a week was analysed for calorific value, sugars, fats and minerals. We received some great feedback and took the opportunity to further enhance the balance in our daily menus.
For any parents who would like to read the report, it is available from the nursery manager.
We take our responsibility around food very seriously. In recognition of this, all our cooks have attended food and nutrition
training and we are pleased to say have passed an examination on this subject. This is a recognised nutrition award accredited
by Wiltshire Council and Environmental Health.
When registering a child into the nursery we ask about allergies and specific dietary requirements.
Our cooks then ensure there is an appropriate meal choice for your child.
We have also fully complied with the new food regulations around allergens. Each nursery can supply a full list of the meals
served and any allergens within.
A sociable time
We believe food should be enjoyed as a social activity. Our morning and afternoon snacks are called ‘rolling snack’. This term means that the snack is available for a period of time and the children choose when they go along and have it. It’s a very successful approach as it means children don’t have to breakaway from an activity they are engrossed in until they choose to do so. It encourages choice and allows them to make decisions. It can be described as cafe culture and many will pop along with a friends or come alone and make friends whilst eating. We take every opportunity to learn so we talk about the fruit we are eating and count whilst cutting it into bits.
Lunch and Tea times are a more organised event at set times. This encourages a family feel of sitting round the table and is good for developing sharing and interaction as well as establishing positive behaviours.
We welcome feedback on any aspect of our food provision. Please feel free to speak to the manager at any time.
Minced Beef Pie, Cauliflower and Gravy
Mediterranean LambCous Cous
Beef Keema and Rice
Fish Pie and Green Beans
Banana and Custard
Strawberry Eaton Mess
Cowboy Pie with Broccoli
Peas & Sweetcorn
Chicken in Tomato & Basil Sauce, Peas and Sliced Bread
Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes, Broccoli & Gravy
Cheese & Ham Pizza with Baked Beans and Crusty Bread
All Butter Flapjack
(Yogurt for ASC’s)
Cajun Chicken, Pitta BreadBaked Beans
Beef Goulash with Rice
Gnocchi Bake and Cauliflower
Spaghetti Bolognese with Grated Cheese
Chicken & Mushroom Pie, Carrots and Gravy
Pears & Chocolate Custard
Bananas, Whipped Cream and Chocolate Sauce
Sausage Ragu with Soft White Roll
Tomato & Mascarpone, Pasta and Peas
Chicken with New Potatoes, Green Beans and Gravy
Lamb Curry with Rice
Fish Cakes, New Potatoes and Baked Beans
Chocolate Sponge and Custard
Neapolitan Ice Cream
Scone with Jam
Cowboy Pie and Broccoli
Beef Enchilada, Sweetcorn and Sour Cream
Goan Chicken Curry, Rice with Peas
Spinach & Mushroom Pizza with Baked Beans and Crusty Bread
Whipped Fruit Delight
Natural Yogurt with Sultanas & Honey
Tuna & Pasta in White Sauce with Green Beans
Macaroni Cheese and Carrots
Lamb Casserole with Potato Wedges
Sausage, Mash Potato and Baked Beans
Roast Gammon, Sweet Potato Wedges, Peas and Gravy
Eve’s Pudding and Custard
Thai Beef Curry with Rice
Roast Chicken, New Potatoes, Carrots and Gravy
Tomato & Basil Pasta, Peas and Grated Cheese
BBQ Chicken, Tortilla Wrap and Sweetcorn
Tuna Pasta Bake and Broccoli
Peaches & Cream
Ice Cream and Strawberry Sauce
Strawberry Eaton Mess
Chilli Con Carne with Rice
Lamb & Oregano Ragu with Yorkshire Pudding
Gnocchi Bake and Carrots
Sausage Plait, New Potatoes and Baked Beans
Warm Rice Pudding with Jam
All Butter Flapjack
All meals are home produced using fresh ingredients by our qualified cooks. We cater for all dietary requirements and will where possible make similar alternatives so that the children are eating like for like with their friends. If you have any input for the menu please do let us know.
Please note each Nursery will make variations and displays its actual menu on site. Please ask the Nursery manager if you would like a copy.