Health & Nutrition



Where children are provided with meals, snacks and drinks, they must be healthy, balanced and nutritious. Before a child is admitted to the setting the provider must also obtain information about any special dietary requirements, preferences and food allergies that the child has, and any special health requirements. Fresh drinking water must be available and accessible at all times." EYFS Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
We have a positive approach to keeping children healthy and active at Lynton. We feel this is not only about freshly prepared, cooked meals and healthy snacks and drinks, but also actively promoting an awareness and understanding of healthy habits. The children enjoy regular walks to the park and to feed the ducks, dance and movement, physical play indoors & outdoors and the Toddlers and Pre school love our weekly sports sessions held by Little Superstars! These are just some of the ways we teach children about being healthy and active at Lynton.
Click the link below to see some of the special experiences the children at Lynton participate in:
All meals are cooked on site by our trained cook, Tasha. Tasha's delicious homemade meals enable us to cater easily for most dietary requirements. Also when the time arrives for weaning your baby, we will take the lead from you. We always have available fresh fruit and vegetables for purees as well as a healthy and varied selection of finger foods. Fresh water or milk is offered continuously to children throughout the day, as well as at meal-times.

Tasha started working at Lynton in November 2018. Tasha works Monday- Friday 8:30- 2:30. Tasha has a level 2 in Professional Cookery.
 
'Dylan's dietary requirements were catered for without question', Dylan's mum.
'I think the food provided was excellent, a really broad menu and nice to have special days e.g. Polish', Daisy's Mum'.
'The menu variation is impressive. I am keen Ava has as much fresh produce as possible at home so I am pleased this is continued at Nursery', Ava's Mum.
Our menu now contains information on allergens which are in the foods being prepared for the children. These are displayed throughout the nursery for parents to access. If your child's has any allergies, intolerance's or dietary requirements speak to a member of staff to ensure your child's needs are met and food can be prepared especially for them.
Children are offered a choice of breakfast (Cereals or toast/ croissant etc) Lunch with either a starter or pudding.(Fruit is available for those who prefer) and a healthy snack served with a selection of fruit and yoghurt. 

Below is a sample of our weekly menu.
Breakfast
Cereal and/or Toast
Milk or Water
Cereal and/ or Croissant
Milk or Water
Cereal and/ or Toast
Milk or Water

Cereal and/ or Pancakes
Milk or Water

Cereal and/ or Toast 
Milk or Water
Allergens Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya
Starter  
Tomato Brusetta  
 
Melon sticks and parma ham 
 
Allergens  
Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya 
 
Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya 
 
Lunch
Vegetable stir fry
Jambalya
Fisherman's pie
Quorn chilli con carne with boiled rice
Cacciatore Chicken (Chicken baked in a tomato based sauce)
Allergens
Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya
Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya
Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya, Fish
Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya
Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya
Pudding
Fruit sorbet (Lemon and raspberry)
 
Vanilla cheesecake
 
Strawberry trifle
Allergens
Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya
 
Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya
 
Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya
Snack
Crumpet Pizza's
with fruit and yoghurt
Tomato and basil soup with wholemeal rolls with fruit and yoghurt
Chicken ceaser wraps
with fruit and yoghurt
Beans on toast
with fruit and yoghurt
Cream cheese on bagels
with fruit and yoghurt
Allergens Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya Contains: Gluten, Milk, Soya

*All specific dietary requirements are catered for.

We ensure that children get the most out of mealtimes; it's an ideal social experience for them to talk to their peers and staff about common interests, food they are eating, the next part of their day, activities they have taken part in at Nursery and at home. It's a time to promote independence by supporting children to serve themselves and an opportunity to try new foods.

Food tasting experiences are available when appropriate and children are encouraged to try foods they may not of seen or had had before; including different fruits. This is also a great opportunity to develop listening and speaking skills where they can talk about different textures, tastes smells and visual appearances of a selection of foods
The children are also able to take part in their own baking sessions (both sweet and savoury) with their key person. This is a great opportunity to talk about where foods come from, using maths to look at how much ingredients we need- measuring them out, mixing and pouring demonstrating good control and hand- eye co- ordination. And most importantly tasting it afterwards is the best part :)