Positive Steps Nurseries employs its own cooks who prepare nutritious food daily. The basis of our menus comes from offering three nutritionally balanced meals which caters for all the needs of growing children. While menus vary according to the seasons, 5 portions of fruit and vegetables are offered daily.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner along with morning and afternoon snack are served within the rooms to all children. During snack time, an open snack bar is available for children to self select from a buffet of fresh fruit and vegetables and savoury snacks such as breadsticks and rice cakes.
Within the Pre School rooms our staff encourage children to independently select and serve their food together with encouraging good table manners during mealtimes. The children are then supervised in ensuring that oral hygiene is fostered by encouraging the children to brush their teeth after meals.
For the younger children within Positive Steps we work closely with parents during the weaning stages to ensure that we are working together during the important stages of introduction of new foods. The babies key carer will ensure that new tastes and textures are introduced in a coordinated approach with parents so that positive experiences can be associated.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all catered for and menus are displayed on the nursery notice boards for parent/guardian's to view.
Healthy Food Prepared Daily
All of the meals are prepared within our nurseries by our Nursery Cooks, using fresh base ingredients within our fully equipped kitchens. Our seasonal menus provide each of the children with a variety of meals including five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. The children also have the opportunity to select snacks from our healthy snack bar.
Our Nursery cooks work with the children during cooking activities and the children are actively encouraged to grow their own fruit and vegetables within our gardens.
Positive Steps is proud to say that we work alongside the School Food Trust
Who are we? What do we do? What do we want to change?
Our vision is that all children are able to have the balanced diet, cooking skills and food education that will help them reach their full potential.
Thanks to our years of experience of helping schools improve lunchtimes for children and setting up the country’s largest network of healthy school cooking clubs; and to our internationally-recognised research programme, our support is now in demand on many other children’s food issues.
The full plate:
Established in 2005 as the School Food Trust, we began our work as a non-departmental public body for the then Department of Education and Skills (replaced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and subsequently by the current Department for Education (DfE).
The Government announced new legal standards for school food in England in May 2006 and we were asked to lead their national implementation. The national standards now make sure that the average school lunch offers the right mix of energy and nutrients for growing children, and limits their exposure to sugary, fatty, and salty foods.
Since then, our experts have advised Government at both national and local level on a wide range of other robust – but deliverable – ways of improving food in schools. Our board members bring to the table a whole range of perspectives – from food suppliers to medical professionals and public health specialists, along with experts in cooking, marketing and management. Our staff includes ex-caterers and teachers, as well as experts in child nutrition, research, school food finance and design.
We work directly with local leaders and services, thousands of schools, caterers, parents and many others to help implement the changes needed and to find practical solutions that will help schools improve their meals service day-to-day.
Change 4 Life
Positive Steps is proud to say that we work alongside Change 4 Life
Eat Well, Move More, Live Longer
What Is Change4Life?
These days, ‘modern life’ can mean that we’re a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don’t move about as much, or eat as well as we used to. Which means that 9 out of 10 kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease – so it’s really important that we do something about it.
Change4Life is a society-wide movement that aims to prevent people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat better and move more. The campaign aims to inspire a societal movement in which everyone who has an interest in preventing obesity, be they Government, business, healthcare professionals, charities, schools, families or individuals, can play their part.