BrightStart Day Nurseries & Kids Clubs

'Where every Child is a Star'

Food & Nutrition




Here at BrightStart we take great pride in providing nutritious, varied and


 wholesome food for all our children. 


Food our children eat affects every aspect of their lives: their 


mood, behaviour, growth, even their ability to concentrate. Good 


nutrition is vital to a child's health from building strong bones and

 

teeth to the healthy development of internal organs and general


growth. Right from breakfast which is served before 8.30am , we 


ensure that children are provided with meals based on their 


dietary needs & their preferences. 



Our self serving Snack Bars mid morning & mid afternoon give children both 


a healthy choice of snacks & drinks including water & milk.  Older children are 


encouraged to self serve themselves & clean up afterwards too.


  Examples of snack bar choices include selections of fresh fruit


 choice, cereals, carrot & cucumber batons with dip. 



The food we prepare needs to look good and taste even better


however if the meal is not liked by a child there is always an 


alternative available.  


 We offer the children a hot lunchtime meal (apart from BrightStart@Endike & Biggin) 


and a lighter hot or cold tea (depending on the season).  


Our menu’s are always available for parents to browse over on our


Parents Notice Board. Examples of main meals include:-  


Pasta dishes such as Pasta Bolognaise ,


 Cottage Pie,


Noodles with Sweet & Sour Chicken 


 warming casseroles.


All menu's are set individually to the nurseries depending on 


children's likes & dislikes.


Babies in our care can be fed with the breast milk or formula milk


provided by their parents. Their mealtimes are dictated by their 


routine at home, and they are cuddled while they are fed, just as 


they would be at home.  Weaning onto solid foods is always done 


in consultation with the parents. We feed freshly pureed food, and


 only introduce new ingredients once you have tried them safely 


at home or you have agreed there use.  We tell you what your 


child has eaten, and how much, again, keeping to the routine they


 have at home.


Food allergies cause the immune system to react to a particular


food as if it isn't safe. If the allergy is severe, this can cause a life-


threatening reaction. Food intolerance does not involve the 


immune system, and is generally not life-threatening. If someone 


eats a food to which they are intolerant, this can make them feel ill


or affect their long-term health.  If your child has a food allergy it 


may be necessary to seek medical advice from your child's GP to 


provide a Treatment Plan for the nursery to follow in the event of 


an emergency. Following an informal Risk Assessment, a Health Care Plan is


 then developed and agreed with the parents. All staff then receive accurate 


information on the child's allergy, and this is displayed in each relevant room 


and a copy displayed in the 


kitchen. 


The Nursery Cooks, Senior Staff & all staff who prepare food and 


are trained and qualified to Level 2 in Food Safety, all of our staff


are regularly trained to maintain the highest standards of food 


safety and hygiene, and this is reflected in excellent Environmental Health


 ‘Scores on the Doors’


We are more than happy for our parents contributions to our 


menu ideas.  We look at changing our menus to fit the summer &

 

winter seasons, so please contact the staff at your setting or add 


your suggestions the the Parents Comment Box.