Food and Nutrition

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A healthy and balanced diet as well as regular exercise is an essential pre-requisite for children being able to learn.

Consequences of a poor diet

Childhood is an important time of critical growth and proper nutrition is absolutely necessary. Children who have poor diets are prone to significant short-term and long-term health consequences and diseases. Children affected by sustained poor nutrition are more likely to suffer from obesity, mental and emotional health problems and this in turn affects their outcomes in school.

Meeting children’s nutrient requirements

To meet children’s requirements for certain nutrients it is recommended they have 3 meals and up to 2 snacks per day. At Little Miracles we provide children with breakfast, mid-morning snack, a two course lunch as well as an afternoon snack. We would generally expect children to eat another meal with their family after they get home.

Babies during their first 6 months receive all their nutritional requirements from a milk-based diet. Formula milk is the only alternative to breastfeeding for babies under 6 months of age. Cow’s milk is not recommended as a main drink for infants under 12 months. However, from six months, children move from a milk only diet towards a varied balanced diet of complementary foods. These include proteins, carbs, fruits and vegetables as well as milk and dairy foods.

The Nursery Menu

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We have taken great care when designing the nursery menu to ensure there is a balance of all food groups. We adhere to the voluntary guidelines for food in childcare settings and also follow guidance from the children’s food trust.

Drinks at Nursery

In line with the legal requirements drinking water is available at all times. Children can help themselves to water from the water dispenser or from jugs available at all times on the food trolleys. We also serve milk (full-fat for under 2s and semi skimmed for 2+) for breakfast, mid-morning snack and afternoon snack.

We do not serve fruit juices or squash during the nursery day. These drinks can negative impacts on the child’s health and it is better for them to receive nutrients from actual fruit.

NHS Choices: Fruit Juices

Food Safety

At Little Miracles we take great care that all of our food preparation areas meet legal requirements and the correct processes are followed. All staff preparing and serving food have training in food safety. We have kept our 5 star rating for the second year running.