Meal Times at Playtime
At Playtime we provide:
Mid morning snack with a drink of milk or water
Hot lunch with a drink of water
Afternoon snack with a drink of milk or water
Tea with a drink of water
Small Evening snack at 5:30pm
In order to give you a feel as to what food your child will eat whilst at our nursery a typical menu is outlined below. Vegetarian meals are available if required and all other cultural, allergy, and dietary needs can be catered for.
Mealtimes at Playtime are a learning experience and children are encouraged to be independent. With many opportunities to pour their own drinks, cut their own food, and as they reach big room, make their own snacks (i.e buttering own crackers).
One of the basic principles of healthy eating is variety, as eating a wider range of different foods provides a better balance of nutrients. At Playtime, we plan meals and snacks to include a variety of food and drinks from each food group to provide children with the good balance of nutrients they need.
The menu will revolve on a two weekly cycle and has been put together with the aims of the DoE & Children's Food Trust 'Eat Better, Start Better' campaign. Early years settings provide an ideal opportunity to help every child eat well, enjoy a varied diet and establish healthy eating habits to take with them into their school years. A healthy balanced diet for children provides a range of essential nutrients that children need to grow and develop.