At Purple Willows we value the diet consumed by children and focus on following nutritional guidelines and supplying balanced meals with vegetables, proteins, grains, and dairy. We ensure children gets the very best and deliciously nutritious meals and for this reason, all our meals are supplied daily by a leading UK catering company and experts in nursery food and nutrition “Zebedees”.
Zebedees operate in compliance with the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulation 2013. They have also been approved under EC Regulations 853/2004 and listed on the Food Standards Agency website.
Children are provided with a hot lunch and mid-morning as well as afternoon snacks designed to meet their nutritional needs.
Breakfast is available from 08:00 hrs and a healthy snack at approximately 10:30 hrs. Hot lunch is served from 11:30 hrs. This is followed by an afternoon snack and Tea served from 15:30 hrs.
The meal schedule outlined for children at Purple Willows demonstrates a thoughtful approach to meeting their nutritional needs throughout the day.
Here are the key points highlighted in the provided information:
1. Comprehensive Meal Schedule:
Children at Purple Willows are provided with a comprehensive meal schedule that includes breakfast, mid-morning snack, hot lunch, afternoon snack, and tea. This ensures that their nutritional needs are addressed at various points during the day.
2. Breakfast Availability:
Breakfast is available from 08:00 hrs, allowing children to start their day with a nutritious meal that provides energy and essential nutrients.
3. Healthy Mid-Morning Snack:
A healthy snack is offered at approximately 10:30 hrs, providing children with a mid-morning boost and addressing hunger between breakfast and lunch.
4. Nutrient-Rich Hot Lunch:
Lunch is served from 11:30 hrs, featuring a hot meal. This midday meal is likely designed to be nutrient-rich, providing children with the necessary fuel for continued activities and development.
5. Afternoon Snack:
An afternoon snack is provided, ensuring that children have a source of energy and nutrients as the day progresses.
6. Tea Service:
Tea is served from 15:30 hrs. This might include a light meal or refreshments to keep children satisfied until the end of the day.
7. Regular Timing:
The regularity of the meal schedule helps create a predictable routine for children, promoting a sense of security and stability.
By offering meals and snacks at various intervals, Purple Willows aims to ensure that children receive a well-rounded and balanced diet throughout the day. This approach not only supports their physical well-being but also contributes to a positive and nourishing environment within the nursery. Additionally, it may help instill healthy eating habits in children from a young age.
Menus are varied from week to week to ensure that the children are not bored with the food choices. They are updated regularly on our website and parents are made aware via our parents bulletin. If your child has allergies to any of our menus, we advise that the parents will be required to supply meals and snacks.
Purple Willows may also ask parents to prepare a packed lunch for their child on special occasions such as picnics or trips.
Organic Purees for Babies
Our catering company also provide a great new food for babies. They produce 100% organic frozen baby food purees. The nutritious baby purees are steam cooked to preserve all nutrients and then frozen to preserve all natural flavours and colours. There are ranges of purees from stage 1 upwards. Each box purees come in a variety of three different flavors’ making a total of 20 conveniently sized cubes, each weighing approximately 36 grams.