At Auden Place Community Nursery, all of our food is cooked in our on-site kitchen. We offer exciting menus that provide a healthy balanced meal, whilst also catering for special dietary requirements.
Click here to see our current menu options.
The importance of healthy eating in the early years
We know that healthy eating is vitally important for the under 5s. The early years of a child’s life really matter when it comes to lifelong health. What they eat, and the habits they develop around food when they’re young, set the pattern for the rest of their lives.
By encouraging healthy food and eating habits early on, we can encourage and steer children towards the right behaviours, setting them up for healthier futures. By providing healthy and nutritious food, we can also help young children to get the best from their days, improving concentration and helping them get more out of learning and playing opportunities.
Our commitment to early years nutrition
We want you to be confident that at Auden Place we are committed to providing healthy and nutritious food and the appropriate environment for good nutrition. We have made a commitment to healthy eating in our nursery by joining the Early Years Nutrition Partnership programme, an independent social enterprise working to improve the future health outcomes of young children.
We are now working alongside the EYN Partnership, benefitting from their expertise and the tailored support they are providing to our staff and the children in our care. We will be working with EYN Partnership on developing our menus, reviewing our food policy and thinking about how we teach the children in our care about healthy eating and positive mealtime experiences.
EYN Partnership resources have been developed using the expertise of the British Nutrition Foundation and the Pre-school Learning Alliance with guidance from the EYN Partnership Expert Panel.
We are aware that many parents are concerned about the amount of sugar their child eats. We meet the EYN Partnership guidelines and Children’s Food Trust recommendations for our desserts, which are designed to be balanced, wholesome and nutritious. They are always based around fruit, and often include dairy. Puddings such as fruit cobbler, sorbet or custard all have a reduced sugar content, and are not served after every meal, but help to ensure the relatively high needs of calories, fat and nutrients of this age group are met.
Our food and drink policy can be found here.
We hope that you find that these downloads give you some important nutritional information and helpful advice when cooking for your children at home: