BrightStart Day Nurseries, Preschools & 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 [email protected] & 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 


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.