Food and Nutrition
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.
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.
Breakfast is served from 7:30, Lunch is served from 11:30 and tea is served from 3:30 onwards (the times vary in each building depending on their individual routines).
We offer snacks during the day consisting of fruit pots and salad sticks.
Drinks are provided throughout the day consisting of milk and water. Water is freely available all day for all of the children.
Our children are also encouraged to make the most of the outdoors in our wonderful outdoor areas complete with age and stage appropriate equipment for them to balance, climb and bikes to ride on. At Smartys we believe that fresh air and physical exercise are essential for good health. Our children spend as much time outside as they can.
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.
5 Star Kitchens
Our kitchens have all been awarded 5* ratings by environmental health officers and we have also achieved the silver standard in nurturing health awards.