After our parent calls some feedback we received was you would like more information on what we have for snack.
Here is an example menu of what we have for snack on a weekly basis. We always have one carbohydrate on the menu daily and always include at least one portion of fruit or veg.
We ask the children before we order our shopping what foods they would like for snack.
Cheese, crackers, melon and cucumber
Scotch pancake, plain yoghurt and berries
Toast, beans, apple
Carrot sticks, cucumber, hummus and pitta
Grapes, oatcakes, blueberries
Banana, rice cake/corn cake and pepper slices
Cream cheese, bagels, oranges and cherry tomatoes
Breadsticks, tzatziki dip, pineapple
On Friday’s we try to have a more filling snack as we don’t have lunch in nursery:
Homemade Soup and bread
Toasted panini or baguette with fillings such as ham/tuna/cheese
Roti pizza (roti covered with tomato purée topped with cheese and toppings)
Tomato/plain pasta or rice with veg such as broccoli/peas/carrots)
Scrambled eggs and toast
Fish finger sandwiches
Again all served with veg and/or fruit.
We offer milk or water only at nursery and water is available all day for the children.
We also do baking with the children some weeks. This is a great learning experience and we bake things such as banana bread, apple crumble and scones. We use low sugar recipes and serve a small portion of these with extra fruit/ veg on the side.
Snack is on our Nursery Improvement Plan this year and as a team we are focusing on:
-Child involvement and learning opportunities (Meal planning and preparation).
-Providing healthy and nutritious snacks based on the ‘Setting the Table’ documnent https://hub.careinspectorate.com/media/1615/setting-the-table-nutritional-guidance-and-standards-for-childcare.pdf and the ‘Food Matters’ government guidance https://hub.careinspectorate.com/how-we-support-improvement/care-inspectorate-programmes-and-publications/food-matters/
-Adding early literacy and numeracy opportunities into our snack times.
-Encouraging children to try and explore new foods
Photo’s of our snack routine will be uploaded soon for you all to see.
We hope this was helpful 🙂 let us know your thoughts!