At Little Angels, we promote healthy eating and we encourage positive relationships around food. Our meals and snacks are varied to include different tastes, colours and textures of foods and all our meals are home cooked using fresh and locally sourced produce. At meal times, we follow a family-style dining where children and staff sit around the table, and where appropriate, older children begin to serve themselves.
Food is not just confined to mealtimes, but is incorporated into our curriculum. Our Head Chef, Tim Scoreby, leads a number of activities with our pre school children. The children love chopping, measuring, mixing, rolling, and planting herbs and vegetables, and we ensure that during activities, each child has their own resources. Within these activities, there are numerous opportunities for the children to develop fine and gross motor skills, as well as developing knowledge around food, and numeracy skills. We use these times to teach the children more widely about food, where it comes from, and why healthy eating is important both physically and mentally, as well as for supporting brain development.
We cater for all cultural, religious and special dietary requirements and always try to provide 'like for like" substitutes so the children don't miss out on foods where possible. We use meat free alternatives which have been approved by the Vegetarian Society and a wide range of other allergen free products depending on the child's needs. At Little Angels we love celebrating food from all areas of the world including Diwali, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Eid and many other cultural events where the children can gain knowledge and understanding of other backgrounds and beliefs.
Children need to acquire good food habits early on that lay the foundations for a healthy future and at Little Angels we try to provide just that. We are very passionate about giving the children the best start in life by meeting the nutritional guidelines and teaching the children to eat well.
We often share recipes with parents who would like to try our meals at home which are available on request. If you have any questions our chefs are always available to meet up with parents and discuss any queries, recipes or personalise any menus for children according to their dietary needs.
Meal times are a sociable occasion and a valuable time to talk about, learn and try new foods. The older children get involved in helping to set tables and self serve food when appropriate. Staff eat with the children to set a good example and encourage a conversation which develops social skills and good eating habits. This helps to understand which meals are popular and to feedback to the parents what the child had to eat that day.
Early Years Nutrition Partnership
We have joined forces with ‘Early years nutrition partnership’!
Good dietary habits are established early and can set patterns for life. We have begun our journey with the EYN Partnership to help children get the best start.
Our Head Chef and his team have had the opportunity to work closely with a EYNP nutritionist who has a vast experience and knowledge of early years dietary and nutritional needs. We are currently in development of new menus and snack offerings in collaboration with the nutritionist.
We have currently been awarded with the ‘Committed’ quality mark with the aim to work up the quality marks from ‘Accredited, Advanced and then finally to Specialist’. With these quality marks we will be marked on a range of categories, from nutritional values of a meal and how it's prepared to a high standard to the activities and discussions we have with the children within the rooms.
We look forward to updating you all with our progress in the near future!
Don't just take our word for it >
On our look around, the manager explained that all of the meals were prepared fresh on the day and collected by the staff who would prepare the meals according to my child weaning stage. Our child was baby led weaned and it is fantastic that the nursery catered for this and the kitchen staff would prepare my child's meals in accordance to her diet requirements. We even had a meeting with the fantastic chef who discussed the meals that she would adapt for my child so that she didn't miss out on the wide variety of 'home cooked' meals.
Don't just take our word for it >
The menu is great - he's eaten things he wouldn't eat at home!