Here in KinderCrescent we know how important your child’s diet is to you in relation to healthy eating & nutrition. Keeping this in mind we have devised our own healthy eating policy and menu plans catering for all age groups attending our nursery. Our policy and menu plan is devised in conjunction with the HSE food & nutrition guidelines for pre-school services. Here in Kinder Crescent we provide meals, which are healthy and nutritious and help to provide children with the energy and nutrients they need. The early years are a great time to encourage children to develop a positive attitude towards food and physical activity and for children to develop good eating habits.
- Breakfast is served each morning between 7.30am & 8.45am. A selection of healthy cereals, toast, orange juice and milk are available.
- At 10.15 am a mid-morning snack is served provided by the Nursery, consisting of milk & a selection of healthy snacks.
- At 11.45 – 12.00 noon, a hot nutritious home-cooked meal is served.
- 3.00pm is tea-time, which is provided by parents. As part of our Healthy eating programme, we ask parents not to send in sweets, chocolate, crisps/popcorn, cake/buns etc. – we promote healthy eating!
- An evening snack is provided of water and a selection of small healthy snacks
- Drinks and small snacks are available throughout the day.
We offer a variety of menus catering for all age groups that attend our nursery.
Baby Room: Early Weaning to 10mths+
Weaning your baby from milk to solids is an exciting time and a big step. Your baby will be entering a whole new world of tastes and textures, and you’ll want to feel safe in the knowledge that you are giving them the right foods for the very best start in life. Keeping this in mind our chef Hazel has put together a two week baby menu. Our weekly menu introduces your baby to one chicken, one fish, one red meat and two vegetarian dishes.
Red meat: provides the best and most easily absorbed source of iron.
Fish: particularly oily fish like salmon is important for the development of your baby’s brain, nervous system and vision.
Vegetarian: ingredients good for baby’s diet, are delicious, healthy and babies love them.
Our dishes are prepared in our nursery kitchen, our chef mashes/purees foods to a texture that your child is comfortable with. As your child gets older and more teeth arrive the consistency of their food will become more textured and lumpy.
Our baby menu caters for babies from early weaning to up to 10months, at which time your baby will move to our 5 week menu plan introducing more flavour and a wide variety of foods.
Toddlers to Montessori
Well-balanced and nutritious meals are provided for our busy toddlers up to our energetic Montessori children. We offer a five week menu plan which weekly features a fish dish and our famous chicken curry a firm favourite with all the children. A variety of foods is selected from each of the four main food groups every day.
- Bread, cereals, rice, pasta and potatoes
- Fruit and vegetables
- Milk and dairy foods
- Meat, fish and alternatives
Our busy After-schoolers are provided with a hot lunch daily on arrival from primary school. Our chef has devised an age appropriate menu plan to cater for their varying likes. This includes a five week menu plan, including dishes requested by our After-schoolers such as chicken & pasta, lasagne & chicken curry to name but a few.
All meals are freshly prepared daily by our resident chefs, Hazel & Lorraine who are fully trained in food handing. Our Kitchen is HACCP compliant. We use fresh produce and all meats are purchased daily from our local butcher.
- Healthy eating is promoted through an arrangement of activities for the children including play, stories, music, outings, cookery etc.
- Baking and cooking are weekly activities carried out in the nursery weekly, here we encourage healthy eating through a fun activity, you may even get a taster sent home for you.
- Meal times are a social activity our staff sit with the children and encourage good eating habits, table manners, conversation and discussion we share our news, talk about where food comes from and chat among the group.The children help to set the table with table-cloths, place mats and they often love to decorate the table with a flower or two! Our aim is to develop a positive approach to mealtimes.
- Our staff encourage the children to self-feed, a messy but exciting time for all children.
Our Specific Dietary Requirements
Here in KinderCrescent we are very aware that some children may suffer from allergies and/ or food intolerances. Parents of children on special diets will be asked to provide as much information as possible about suitable foods. Clearly named lists will be posted in the kitchen. Cultural diversity will be respected. Parents are requested to give staff details of foods allowed and not allowed.