A vegetarian / dairy free alternative is available on request daily
 

Week 1

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

Dinner 

Tuna pasta bake 

 (50:50 wholewheat & white pasta)

Vegetable & chickpea ragu with couscous  

Pizza with seasonal toppings 

Sausage, mash & seasonal vegetables with gravy 

Corned beef hash 

Snack

Cucumber, corn cakes & strawberries

Carrot sticks & hummus, wholegrain Ryvita/pitta & plums

Tomatoes, rice cakes & pineapple

Peppers, breadsticks, hummus & kiwi

Carrots, wholegrain Ryvita/pitta & mixed fruit

Tea 

Waffles with a relish dip

Hotdogs 

Seasonal soup with bread to dip

Soft cheese & crackerbread 

Tuna mayo sandwiches 

 

 

Week 2

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

Dinner 

Chicken supreme & rice

(50:50 wholewheat & white rice)

Cod, potato & spinach curry with couscous

Sausage pasta bake

(50:50 wholewheat & white pasta)

Cheese & broccoli pie with chips & beans

Fish fingers, mash & vegetables

Snack

Peppers, cheese cubes & mango

Cucumber, corn cakes & strawberries

Carrot sticks & hummus, wholegrain Ryvita/pitta & plums

Tomatoes, rice cakes & pineapple

Peppers, breadsticks, hummus & kiwi

Tea 

Sardine Pâté & French Baguette

Toasted tea cakes & cheese cubes

Cheese & crackers

Tomato pasta

(50:50 wholewheat & white pasta)

Seasonal soup with bread to dip

 

Week 3

Monday 

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

Friday 

Dinner 

Cauliflower cheese, baked beans & croquettes 

Pasta Bolognese

 (50:50 wholewheat & white pasta)

Turkey dinner with vegetables & gravy

Jacket potato with salmon & white fish in vegetable & hollandaise sauce 

Chicken and chick pea curry & Rice 

(50:50 wholewheat & white rice)

Snack

Carrot sticks & hummus, wholegrain Ryvita/pitta & plums

Cucumber, corn cakes & strawberries

Peppers, cheese cubes & mango

Carrots, wholegrain Ryvita/pitta & mixed fruit

Tomatoes, rice cakes & pineapple

Tea 

Ham and salad wraps 

Cheese & bagels 

Pilchard Pasta

(50:50 wholewheat & white pasta)

Seasonal soup with bread to dip

Sausage rolls 

 

At Rainbows we work with the Early Years Nutrition Partnership to ensure our menu is Nutritionally complete and offers a wide variety of foods. As a setting, we now hold an ‘Advanced Status’ for Supporting Children’s Nutrition and Hydration.

Our menu is on a 3 week rotation and our cook caters for children who have special dietary requirements, including dairy free or vegetarian. Some of our babies that are weaning may be using our ‘First Tastes’ menu or be doing baby-led weaning; We follow the family’s lead. Copies of our ingredients list are available for every meal as are our allergen lists. Plenty of notice will be given for changes to the menu for special days (eg Chinese New Year) so that families can ensure they are happy with their child having this.

All our meals are made fresh on site and contain high levels of fruit, vegetables, Omega 3 and complex carbohydrates.

The children at nursery are given lots of opportunities to learn about food and where it comes from, whether that be a trip to the supermarket or learning in the playroom/nursery garden. We grow our own vegetables and turn them into soup at tea time.

Our menu is reviewed regularly, based upon feedback from our children, families and staff. Suggestions are fed into the review process and changes made as appropriate.

Staff are encouraged to eat with the children to role model positive eating practices. We have found that this supports the children who may be reluctant to try and helps children learn how to use cutlery effectively. Conversation around the table is a fantastic opportunity to develop speech and language, as well as social skills.

 

Our mealtimes are as follows:

Breakfast (Cereal) – 7.30-8.30am

Breakfast (Toast and milk) – 9am

Lunchtime – 11.15am

Afternoon snack – 1.30pm

Afternoon Tea – 3.45pm

Accreditations

Ofsted
Disability Confident
Eyn
Food Standards
B.o.o.b.s
Early Years Nutrition Partnership