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Mealtimes (breakfast, lunch and tea) at Abacus Nursery are two-fold. We understand nutrition is obviously very important but here at Abacus we also value the importance of children developing good social skills through the spontaneous learning that happens during these very important times in a child’s daily routine.

Our fully trained Cook prepares and home-cooks every meal on site in our nursery kitchen, using fresh ingredients wherever possible. Each winter and summer menu on a four week rota, is carefully planned to ensure each day healthy, nutritious, well balanced meals are provided. Consideration is taken to ensure children experience a range of textures and flavours to develop a child’s taste whilst at the same time developing the muscles in their mouth, which helps with speech development. We work in partnership with parents to cater for special diets. Children have easy access to their individual, named sports bottles of water so they are always well hydrated.

Our Cook is a valuable member of our team,who takes a table at lunch time. Staff eat together with the children and model the good table manners and etiquette we expect during mealtimes, we pride ourselves on our high expectations and achievements around good behaviour and manners. These social occasions are a lovely time for conversation between children and their friends, and children and staff. We work closely with parents to support mealtime issues, which we are aware are a common area of family stress.

Toddlers and pre-school children enjoy meals together which promotes a family feel. Children are involved in helping to lay tables for mealtimes and use white melamine plates and bowls, child sized metal cutlery, which helps to promote a quality mealtime experience, replicating china and a grown up environment. Abacus Nursery promotes excellent dental health by talking to children about cleaning their teeth at home and having a dental nurse visit each September as part of our 'All about me' topic. However, following current guidance we have stopped cleaning teeth after meals as there needs to be a gap of at least half an hour of eating fruit to prevent just brushing the fruit acid into the enamel and damaging it. Therefore we encourage children to always wash their fruit down with water after each meal. Take a look at our current menu to see the exciting variety of meals.