Within an area of my garden I have planned a small vegetable garden. I think this will be a great opportunity for the children to get involved in growing their own vegetables and plants. I provide trowels, spades and watering cans so the children can help plant and weed and dig and water. Through these activities the children can learn about self sufficiency, learn gardening skills, and hopefully benefit by eating the vegetables that we grow.
I encourage the children to eat a healthy, balanced diet in a variety of ways. Firstly we make a visit to our local fruit and veg shop. I point out different fruit and vegetables and the children are allowed to make their own choices. On the way home we discuss their choices and decide if they are healthy. We consider the lack of packaging and how they were grown/made and where they come from. We may watch a programme about farming to further support our learning about where our food comes from. We may also make a trip to the local supermarket and track down some unhealthy food! During mealtimes we discuss whether the food they are eating is healthy or not, and why we need to eat healthily. At home we look at books about food and see which ones they can identify. I let the children help me prepare a healthy salad, a vegetable soup or a fruit salad. We name the fruit and vegetables and discuss their likes and dislikes. If they are too little to help they can have some paper and pencils to draw pictures of the vegetables or fruit that I am preparing.
Breakfast – selection and choice of the following:
Fresh fruit salad – seasonal fruit when available (plain yoghurt and honey can be added if required)
Cereal (Weetabix, Ready brek, porridge)
Smoothie – home made
Yoghurt – small, petit filou or similar
Toast – honey, jam, marmite, peanut butter.
Little ones use a lot of energy so they need something to keep them going between breakfast and lunch! These snacks are also good if we are out and about! Please note I always have vegetarian options too.
- Bread sticks
- Milk shake
- Home made cakes
- Rice cakes
- Frozen yoghurt
- Cucumber sticks + dip
- Cheese straws
- Cherry tomatoes and cubes of cheese
- Sausage rolls
Lunch (sometimes at home, sometimes on the go)
I like to offer varied lunch options and always aim to give the children a different option each day.
- salad bowl + ham/cheese/tuna/egg
- sandwiches (as above)
- scrambled eggs on wholemeal toast
- baked beans on wholemeal toast
- spaghetti hoops on wholemeal toast
- home made vegetable or lentil soup + small roll
- salad/veg sticks + dips
It can be a long time for a little one to go without something to eat between lunch and dinner so I always offer a mid afternoon snack.
Mid afternoon snacks
- bread sticks
- milk shake
- home made cakes
- cubes of cheese + cherry tomatoes + cucumber slices
- cream crackers
- bread sticks
Tea time 4.15-4.30pm approx
I like to make sure the children are offered a wide variety of vegetables, and will always endeavour to offer their favourite vegetable alongside a different choice.
- cottage pie + 2 veg
- spaghetti bolognese + pasta + hidden veg
- home made chunky root veg + lentil soup + roll
- stew, pots + 2 veg
- Chicken stew + cous cous
- homemade pizza + salad
- fish pie + 2 veg
- chicken casserole + 2 veg
- sausages, mash + 2 veg
- Sweet and sour pork, noodles or rice
- vegetable fingers (frozen), mashed potatoes and baked beans
- Baby’s baked egg + tomatoes with broccoli cheese and baked ham
- Macaroni cheese with smoked bacon and salad
- Jack’s favourite Chinese 5 spice chicken noodles with red peppers and courgettes.
- Harry’s favourite fruity chicken + rice + broccoli (chicken, onion, garlic, ginger, coriander cooked in spices with creme fraiche or yogurt)
- Vegetables are usually seasonal although sometimes I do rely on frozen veg for convenience. However I don’t rely on fish fingers, chicken nuggets, frozen pizza or junk food!
- tinned fruit + ice cream
- bananas + custard
- Fruit crumble + creme fraiche
- jelly + ice cream
- angel delight
- home made rice pudding
Your child will have access to drinking water at all times, whether we are at home, in the garden or out and about. This menu is likely to change but it serves to give you an idea of the type of food I provide. You are more than welcome to send a packed lunch.
Meals are generally priced at about £1.5o each.