Food and Nutrition

At Huggie Bears Family Childcare we strongly believe a child’s diet is a key component of a child’s growth and development.

Huggie Bears Family Childcare supports children’s healthy eating as far as possible through the provision of wholesome nutritious home cooked food.

The menu has been developed to ensure it is nutritionally balanced and incorporates (at least) 5 portions of fruit and vegetable portions per day.

Mealtimes are a particularly good source of learning. All the children are encouraged to sit down together and serve themselves (age appropriate), placing an early emphasis on social graces and table manners. Children eat each meal with peers and staff in a family environment and they are encouraged to try a wide variety of foods and learn the skill of self help. The children come together at mealtimes to eat, talk and enjoy the social occasion!

Weekly menus are displayed on the parent’s notice board and we will discuss any special diets or allergies with parents and ensure that all children are catered for accordingly.

As all of our meals and puddings are home made we are able to ensure that the children’s food does not contain any salt and even our occassional 'naughty' puddings are made using traditional recipes have low amounts of sugar, not that the children will notice!

A hot meal is served within the morning session and a cold/hot tea or homemade soup is served in the afternoon. Two snacks are offered every day, consisting of a selection of fresh fruit and/or raw vegetables and savoury snacks or yoghurt.

There is a weaning menu in place for babies from 6 months with a gradual introduction to the full menu.

If your child has specific dietary requirements, whether medical, cultural, ethical, religious or just based on your personal preference, please discuss these with us and we will do our best (within reason) to accommodate your child’s individual diet requirements.

Below is an example of our weekly menu which is on a four week rota and rotated according to the seasons. Fresh fruit is offered as an alternative dessert every day.

Sample Menu