Food & Nutrition

Food & Nutrition

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Everyone needs the same types of nutrients – vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats. What’s different about nutrition for children, however, is the amount of specific nutrients needed at different ages.

So what’s the best formula to fuel your child’s growth and development?

Consider these nutrient-rich foods:

  • Proteins – Seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans, peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds. Avoid large quantities of red meat and chicken legs/thighs.
  • Fruits – Encourage your child to eat a variety of fresh, canned, frozen or dried fruits – rather than fruit juice. If your child drinks juice, make sure it’s 100% juice instead of from concentrate.
  • Vegetables – Serve a variety of fresh, canned or frozen vegetables — especially dark green, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas. About half the child’s plate should be vegetables.
  • Grains – Choose whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa, or brown or wild rice rather than white bread and rice (refined grains).
  • Dairy – Encourage your child to eat and drink low-fat dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and cheese.

Aim to limit your child’s calories from solid fats and added sugar, such as butter, cake, fizzy drinks and pizza. Look for ways to replace solid fats with vegetable and nut oils, which provide essential fatty acids and vitamin E. Oils are naturally present in olives, nuts, avocados and seafood.

Consider these nutrient-rich foods:

At Canterbury’s, we strive to provide the healthiest, most balanced diet for children of all ages – catering for each child’s individual needs and desires.  The weekly menus are planned to provide a variety of different foods to help promote growth and health.

  • Breakfast – before 9am – £1.20 – the children have a choice of cereals and toast to welcome them in the mornings
  • Lunch – 11.30am – £3.80 – homemade nutritious food made by trained cooks.  Pre-School children are offered a choice of what to put on their plate and an opportunity to serve themselves.
  • Tea – 4.00pm – £2.50 – often a carbohydrate rich food such as sandwiches or bagels, in order to give the children some extra energy after their long day in the setting
  • Snack – An optional snack is offered in the morning and afternoon.  In order to promote balance, one snack is a choice of fruits, and the other is something different – for example, cheese or bread-sticks

Our Menu

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We rotate our weekly menu and plan the children’s diets in accordance with the nutrients and calories they need to fuel their day and continued growth. You can read through our weekly rotation below to see exactly what your child will be eating.
If you have any issues or questions about your children’s diet or any specific dietary requirements, please just let us know.

Week 1
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Rice Cake Chicken or Chickpea (v) Korma

with Rice and Cauliflower

Selection of fruits Pizza Baguettes (v)

with Mixed Beans

Pitta Pizza
Cornflakes Milk or Water Jam and Coconut Sponge Milk or Water Biscuit
Weetabix Water Milk or Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Selection

of

Fruit

Homemade Cheese and Onion Swirl (v)

with New Potatoes and Baked Beans

Brown Toast Pork or Bean (v) Casserole

with Potatoes and Carrots

Toast
Cornflakes Milk or Water Fruit Fool Milk or Water Yoghurt
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Crumpets Beef or Quorn (v) Bolognese

with Spaghetti and Garlic Bread

Selection of fruits Minestrone Soup (v)

with Pasta and Vegetables

Ham Sandwiches
Cornflakes Milk or Water Rice Krispie Cakes Milk or Water Biscuit
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Selection of fruits Salmon Gratin (v)

with Sliced Potatoes and Peas

Scotch Pancake Scrambled Egg on Toast (v) with Roasted Tomatoes Potato Cake
Cornflakes Milk or Water Banana and Toffee Muffins Milk or Water Yoghurt
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Breadsticks  Minted Lamb or Bean (v) Burgers

with Pitta Bread, Salad and Tzatziki

Selection of fruits Tuna Sandwiches (v)

with Veg Sticks

Scotch Pancake
Cornflakes Milk or Water Jelly and Icecream Milk or Water Biscuit
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Week 2
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Selection of fruits Tuna or Chickpea (v) Pasta Salad

with Penne Pasta and Sweetcorn

Crumpets English Muffin (v)

with Ham or Cheese and Veg Sticks

Toast
Cornflakes Milk or Water Fruit Salad and Ice Cream Milk or Water Yoghurt
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Rice Cake Lamb or Mixed Bean (v) Tagine

with Couscous and Med Veg

Selection of fruits Beans on Toast (v) Crumpet
Cornflakes Milk or Water Orange Drizzle Cake Milk or Water Biscuit
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of Schhol Club
Rice Krispies Selection of fruits Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry (v)

with Rice

Toasted Teacake Macaroni Cheese (v)

with Butter Beans and Cauliflower

Teacake
Cornflakes Milk or Water Shortbread with Strawberries and Cream Milk or Water Yoghurt
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Bread sticks Bacon or Quorn (v) Hotpot

with Cubed Potatoes and Carrots

Selection of fruits Ham or Cheese (v) Thins

with Veg Sticks

Scotch Pancake
Cornflakes Milk or Water Chocolate Brownies Milk or Water Biscuit
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Selection of fruits Chicken or Cannellini Bean (v) Chow Mein

with Noodles

 

Selection of fruits Sausage or Quorn (v) Goulash

with Potatoes and Peppers

Cheese Wraps
Cornflakes Milk or Water Angel Delight Milk or Water Yoghurt
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Week 3
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Breadsticks Mixed Bean Enchiladas (v)

with Rice and Sweetcorn

Selection of fruits Pitta Bread and Hummus (v)

with Veg Sticks and Fruit

Ham Sandwiches
Cornflakes Milk or Water Blueberry Yoghurt Milk or Water Biscuit
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Selection of fruits Sausage or Quorn (v) Plait

with New Potatoes and Broccoli

Fruit Loaf Baked Bean Pie (v)

with Mash

Bagels
Cornflakes Milk or Water Victoria Sponge Milk or Water Yoghurt
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Potato Cake Cod Fishcakes (v)

with Spring Onions, Peas and Lemon Mayonnaise

Selection of Fruits  BBQ Chicken or Cheese (v) Wraps

with  Veg Sticks

 

Garlic Bread
Cornflakes Milk or Water Marble Cake Milk or Water Biscuit
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Selection of fruits Chicken or Cannellini Bean (v) and Leek Pasta

with Garlic Bread

Crumpets Bagels with Cream Cheese (v)

with Grapes and Apples

Toasted Teacakes
Cornflakes Milk or Water White Choc and Raspberry Cheesecake Milk or Water Yoghurt
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water
Breakfast Mid-morning Snack Lunch Mid-afternoon Snack Tea Out Of School Club
Rice Krispies Rice Cakes Beef or Mixed Bean(v) Chilli

with Wedges and Salad

Selection of fruits Cheesey Crumpets (v)

with Beans

Croissant
Cornflakes Milk or Water  Chocolate Cake and Custard Milk or Water Biscuit
Weetabix Water Water
Fruit
Milk and Water