Being Healthy

Each day our cook from scratch prepares a nutritious balanced meal. Our menus vary over a 3 week cycle. Our menus are displayed for you to see and prior to your child starting with us we will ensure that all dietary requirements are discussed and catered for.
Most of our recipes can be adapted to suit dairy free, vegetarian, culture or gluten / wheat free diets.

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Keeping your child healthy

and ensuring they get good nutrition whilst at nursery are two key roles we take very seriously at Smartys.



Mealtimes are happy sociable occasions where children have the opportunity to try a range of foods. Children in all rooms are encouraged to sit together and show excellent table manners.


We always make sure that we find out how the children have been and ask if there’s anything else we need to know. This handover provides opportunity to keep staff updated on the child’s current preferences with regards to their routine and up to date with any developments. Our babies enjoy a variety of meals throughout the day consisting of breakfast, lunch and tea, prepared by our qualified cooks using traditional home cooking as their secret. Babies are offered water with every meal and water is available throughout the day.

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Some of our babies have breast, formula or cows milk during the day. We do ask for all parents to provide all of this each day and the carers will provide these feeds to the children when needed.
Our babies are offered a variety of snacks during the day, it is important for their little tummies to eat little and often to keep their metabolisms going. We offer a variety of foods to tempt their palates and to experience new textures and tastes.
We encourage all meal and snack times to be social. All of the children sit at the same level and are encouraged to interact and chat to each other. We also help to wean babies in our baby nursery. All meals prepared are at the correct consistency (purred, blended, and lumpy) for each individual child.

We follow parent’s wishes as to where and when the babies sleep. We have a variety of cots, bouncers and sleep mats. We do not have set times for sleeping. Babies sleep as needed but also in line with their parents wishes.

Our babies nappies are changed regularly throughout the day or whenever needed. The carers check the babies’ nappies regularly. Each child has their own box where we store your child’s own nappies, wipes and creams (we do ask for parents to provide these).

Our babies are encouraged to explore and become mobile as they begin to cruise, crawl and walk around the rooms.

We follow parent’s wishes as to where and when the babies sleep. We have a variety of cots, bouncers and sleep mats. We do not have set times for sleeping. Babies sleep as needed but also in line with their parents wishes.

Our babies nappies are changed regularly throughout the day or whenever needed. The carers check the babies’ nappies regularly. Each child has their own box where we store your child’s own nappies, wipes and creams (we do ask for parents to provide these).

Our babies are encouraged to explore and become mobile as they begin to cruise, crawl and walk around the rooms.

Sue Perry

NVQ Level 3 and Nursery Cook
Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Catering

Hi my name is Sue and I am the cook at the nursery and take great pride in providing healthy, balanced nutritious food for the children. I am also a qualified nursery nurse helping and offering my support to the team.
I have over 20 years of experience of working with children including being a childminder when raising my children.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene level 2, Safeguarding level 1, CACHE level 3 in childminding, sure start to good nutrition, health and safety risk assessment, every child matters, inclusion for all and equal opportunities.

I am responsible for the daily cooking for the nursery, I ensure that all of the children in my care receive a healthy diet at all times this includes catering for many dietary requirements across all ages of children.

I prepare breakfast, lunch and tea for the children following our menus. I am responsible for the daily kitchen paperwork along with ensuring the correct ingredients and stock is ordered.

I thoroughly enjoy my role as the nursery cook, it gives me an immense amount of pleasure to see the children eat the food I have prepared for them. I believe in traditional home cooking all the way.

I am also very proud to say that all of the kitchens and food at Smartys Day Nursery have been given a 5 star Environmental Health rating, the highest you can get.





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