All meals and snacks will be nutritious, avoiding large quantities of fat, sugar, salt, additives, preservatives and colourings and are made fresh on site by our nursery cook. We use organic milk and use Tesco and Bookers for our main shopping source. We ensure we use good quality food.
The nursery uses the School Food Trust (Eat Better Start Better) for guidance when compiling our 4 week seasonal menu’s.
We will make any arrangements necessary to meet the child’s dietary needs, including any allergies and parental choice i.e. vegetarian. Parents are asked to discuss their requirements with us at point of induction. The dietary rules of religious groups and of vegetarians and vegans are known and met as required. We have identified the 14 known allergens and are displayed on a day to day basis in conjunction with our seasonal menu’s.Water is readily available. Menus are displayed for information and given to the parent as requested.
We offer food from a range of cultures, so that children have the opportunity to encounter unfamiliar tastes sometimes. When cooking with children as an activity, we will provide healthy, wholesome food and promote and extend the children’s understanding of a healthy diet.
These are our Seasonal Menus:
On all outings children will be closely escorted and supervised by members of the nursery staff.
Policy on Discipline
We have a policy of encouraging constructive and positive social behavior. Disapproval of unacceptable behavior will be shown consistently, in a positive manner. No child will be disciplined by shouting or through humiliation.
This can be an emotional time for both the child and parents. We have found from experience that a number of short settling periods during the previous month of a child starting can ease this situation. It is not unusual for a child to appear unhappy when initially being left in, though once the parent leaves, the distress rarely lasts for more than a few minutes. The excitement of their new surroundings and the other children quickly attracts their attention. Parents can feel reassured that if their child shows any undue distress, they will be advised and a number of alternative settling approaches will be suggested. On enrolment the Manageress will discuss with parents various options for the settling in period. We are happy for parents to telephone at any time for an up date on their child.
Children are encouraged to join in all activities. In having fun children will undoubtedly get dirty and parents are asked to provide a spare change of clothing to be retained at the nursery for such events. We would advise parents not to send their children to the nursery in “special outfits” as they will get dirty and we would not want such clothing to inhibit play.
While a baby is too young to take pureed nursery food, we will provide suitable pureed food using fresh ingredients each day, however should the menu for the day be inappropriate for a weaning child, we keep a supply of frozen purees in the freezer for a 3 month period. Formula milk is provided and included in the fees, you will be asked at point of induction which brand of formula you want your child to drink.
These are provided by the nursery, however if you prefer to use cloth nappies these should be provided by you on a daily basis.
Staff can administer prescribed medication, though only when parents have given written approval and administration instructions are clearly marked with the your child's name and address on the medication container. Please note that we will not administer medication new to the child for the first 24 hours.
The nursery staff who is looking after your child will complete on a daily basis a brief record of your child's day, identifying the food they have had, nappies changed and sleep times. If parents would like additional information we will happily provide it. Please note this is for children under the age of 2 years.
The nursery is required by regulations not to admit or retain children while they are ill and parents will be expected on these occasions to have alternative caring arrangements. This is to prevent cross infection with other children. Should a child develop symptoms of illness rash, high temperature, vomiting, diarrhea etc while at the nursery, parents will be advised immediately. In such an event you will be asked to collect your child.
If a child has been prescribed medication antibiotics the child must be kept away from the nursery for the first 24 hours to prevent cross infection with other children or staff. If your child has had sickness or diarohea they must be kept away for 48 hours following the last bout.
In the event that you are concerned or unhappy about any aspect of the nursery service, please advise the manager/deputy soon as possible. Only by knowing that there is a concern can we respond to it.
Arrivals and Departures
The nursery can only accept responsibility for a child when they have been handed over to a member of staff. Parents are asked to ensure that a staff member is aware that a child is being left in.
Departures are a much more difficult scenario and the nursery considers that once a parent removes their child from the room of safe containment that they are accepting full responsibility for their child. Parents are asked to discuss issues surrounding their child with staff while in the containment room thereby ensuring the safety of their own child. Parents are asked not to discuss such items with staff while standing in the hall, corridors and stairways as it can distract them from their duties.