Meals and snacks

I try to make lunch and snack time fun and another opportunity for learning with the children that I care for.

All the food that I provide is healthy, wholesome, balanced and nutritious. The children are involved in the shopping and cooking of the food that we eat and often help decide the menu for the week. We try to look for locally sourced foods.

Children are also supported to grow and harvest own fruits and vegetables in our garden. We visit and spend time at the community garden or on surrounding area farms in order to expand the children’s knowledge and understanding of where our food comes from and how is produced.

As a childminder , I cater for all types of dietary needs (religious, medical or choice) when it comes to cooking. If your child has an allergy or any special dietary requirements, please make sure that you let me know.

If your child has any favourite foods I am happy to include them in our weekly menu.

In order to offer a balanced diet, our menu will include food from all the five groups:

  • Carbohydrates: starchy foods such as pasta, rice, oats, potatoes, noodles, sweet potato, couscous, breads, breakfasts cereals, barley, etc.
  • Protein: meat, fish and eggs as well as vegetable protein, nuts, beans, peas, lentils, quorn and soya
  • Milk and dairy products: milk, yoghurt, fromage frais, milkshakes, cheese
  • Fruits and vegetables: fresh as well as frozen, tinned, dried and juices of fruits and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables give you lots of vitamins and chemicals called antioxidants which keep us healthy. They also contain fibres to keep our digestive system healthy. Because fruit and veg are low in calories and high in fibre (which keep kids feeling full) eating plenty help control our weight. It is important to eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables.
  • Fats: butter, cooking oils, avocado, nuts, whole eggs, fatty fish, dark chocolate, cheese, chia seeds, extra virgin olive oil, coconuts and coconut oil, full fat yogurt

I would like that children in my care have fun and enjoyable experiences of watching fruits and vegetables grow, and how to look after the plant food, growing healthy habits to be taken with them into adult life.

Please feel free to add your comments and suggestions to me for any healthy food your child enjoys eating at home.

Water and healthy snacks will be provided free of charge throughout all sessions.

If you would like your child to have meals at Tilly’s, you can chose one of the following options:

  • Provide a packed meal in the morning, with all their favourite sandwiches, dips,etc. This will be given to your child at meal times set by the setting. I would appreciate parents not to give children sweets in my care but save it for home time.

  • Book a meal to be provided by Tilly’s , for a small cost of £1.5 lunch and £2 high tea.High teas are a full homemade meal, followed by dessert which is both nutritious and child orientated. Menus are available for viewing, and change regularly to give the children a variety of food choices and experience of different tastes.

Breakfast:

Tilly’s Breakfast usually starts at 07:30- 08:00 and consists of cereals, toast, jams/ honey, pancakes and fruits.

Please speak to me if your child has any food allergies or any special dietary requirements.