Evolution Childcare fully understand the importance of providing a positive influence on children's knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards food and a healthy lifestyle. The sharing of food and drink plays an important part in the social life our Nurseries as well as reinforcing children's understanding of the importance of healthy eating. We are especially proud of the way in which our nutrition practice is integrated into all areas of the nursery life. Staff and children eat together and children are encouraged to use real cutlery and crockery as soon as they are able to do so. We actively encourage our children to understand the relationship between healthy eating and good dental hygiene. We brush teeth after all our meals and often have visits from the dentist and dental hygienist to strengthen their knowledge.
Our team of amazing chefs provide diverse and enticing healthy and nutritious meals, all freshly cooked on site packed to the brim with vitamins and minerals to support growing children’s needs. Wherever possible, we buy local produce and often grow our own fruit and vegetables to help children understand the journey of their food from field to plate and supporting our local businesses! To meet children’s requirements for certain nutrients it is recommended they have 3 meals and up to 2 snacks per day. At Evolution Childcare we provide children with breakfast, mid-morning snack, a two course lunch as well as an afternoon snack and a picnic tea. We would generally expect children to eat another meal with their family after they get home.
We always help children to practice good table manners. They use cutlery, serve themselves from serving dishes and scrape their own plates clean when they have finished. We encourage them to wait patiently before they begin, eat with their mouths closed, and no elbows on the table! The results are plain to see: fun and pleasant meal times and happy children, both enjoying and contributing to the whole experience.
In line with the legal requirements drinking water is available at all times. Children can help themselves to water from the water jugs available at all times. We also serve milk (full-fat for under 2s and semi skimmed for 2+) for breakfast, mid-morning snack and afternoon snack. We do not serve fruit juices or squash during the nursery day. These drinks can negative impacts on the child’s health and it is better for them to receive nutrients from actual fruit.
We are a nut free Nursery and our Nursery Chefs are experts and qualified in catering for a range of dietary/medical/religious and cultural requirements including:
All our Nurseries are inspected by environmental health and have each received glowing reports. We are also award winning for nutrition in the Sector and have been awarded: