Blog: Nursery food

Catherine Sleep | 30 March 2006

As the mother of a young child, I was pleased to read in the news today that most childcare providers offer a nutritious, balanced diet to those in their care. Amid the general hullabaloo over school dinners, I wondered if too little attention was being paid to the very youngest children, but evidently the healthy eating message is getting through in nurseries too.

I’m lucky in that the menu at my son’s nursery has recently been overhauled to include both healthier options and a more diverse range of foods to encourage adventurous appetites. It would be galling if the time and effort we put in at home to prepare wholesome, tasty and varied food for him were undermined at nursery. This is not to say that I approve of every single menu item. One day the children are given pears with chocolate sauce for pudding, which irritates slightly. Why not pears on their own?

While he is still tiny I can insist he is given an alternative dessert that I provide, but there will soon come a time when he could resent being treated differently. In any case, I guess all things should be available in moderation or children will not learn to make sensible choices for themselves later on.

One day I’ll look back and chuckle at the thought that my biggest worry about him was whether he was having chocolate sauce on his pears or not, won't I?!

Good food provided in childcare


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