Sunnyfields provide all meals for children aged one year and over. They serve breakfast at 9am, lunch around 12pm and tea at 4pm. Children are allowed to chose where they want to sit and are encouraged to share conversations with their friends. The older children are encouraged to help the staff set the tables, serve the food and clear away.
The menu is carefully chosen to be healthy, light on the children’s tummy’s, partly organic and what we would cook at home. Please see below for a sample of our weekly menu:
Fresh finger fruit is always an offer
|| Weetabix and fruit
||Mixed vegetables and bean stew and dumplings
||Ice cream and strawberry sauce
||Pitta bread or cream crackers with hummus and other toppings
||Wholemeal toast plain or with jam served with small cup of milk.
||Baked potato with tuna and sweetcorn
||Apple pie and custard
||Toasted raisin bagel
||Porridge served with raisins on the side
||Sheperds pie (with crushed lentils and chickpeas) served with seasonal vegetables
||Mandarin segments and natural yoghurt
||Wholemeal chicken sausage sandwiches
||Sweet and sour chicken served with noodles and grated carrot salad
||Pear tart and custard
||Wholemeal cheese sandwiches
||Scrambled eggs and wholemeal toast
||Turkey and vegetable risotto
||Coconut chocolate mousse
||Potato waffles with dairylea cheese
It generally offers chicken, turkey and 'safe' fish once a week, with vegetarian alternatives, to cater for most dietary requirements. In addition, fruit is served every day at tea time and we use wholemeal bread, whole wheat pasta and brown rice where possible. Most allergies or specific dietary needs are catered for by the individual nursery on an individual basis. The food will be served in a consistency appropriate to the age and stage of the child. Milk is given to all children at Milk Time once a day and water is offered to drink every mealtime. In between meals, water is always available on demand in the baby and toddler units and self service in the pre-school unit for the children to help themselves.
Sunnyfields do not provide food or drink for children under one year when the child’s digestive system is still immature. As a result, we ask parents of these children to supply their child’s food and drink needs every day with instructions of when to give it. When the child turns one, the nursery and parents will work closely together to wean the child on to the nursery menu.