The Importance of Being Healthy
At Humpty Dumpty Childcare, we realise how important it is to encourage healthy living from a young age. We understand that young children need a varied and nutritious diet, and that learning good eating habits at an early age is essential for a child’s health, growth and development.
Each of our nurseries in Dartington, Dartmouth and Newton Abbot has an on-site cook who prepares the children’s meals and snacks daily. They all hold a Level 2 Food Safety certificate and are encouraged to undertake further training as applicable.
We have signed up to the Early Years Code of Practice for Healthy Food and Drink and we work towards the following principles in all of our nurseries:
• We consult with families and children about our menus and keep them informed about issues relating to food and drink in our nurseries.
• We plan varied menus for meals and snacks in advance. We aim to include different tastes, colours and textures, and take into consideration seasonality and availability of fruit and vegetables. All of our meals and snacks meet the national best practice food and drink guidelines, including those for early years settings.
• We cater for the dietary requirements of all children wherever possible, working with families to make sure that they can be accommodated. We aim to ensure that children of all cultures and religions can enjoy appropriate meals and snacks.
• We have a positive and welcoming eating environment in order to encourage children to eat well, and develop good eating habits and social skills. We use meals and snacks to teach children about healthy eating, and encourage a positive attitude towards mealtimes.