Seasonal, freshly prepared food

We pride ourselves on serving healthy, balanced, nutritious and, most of all, delicious food to our children. Our seasonal menu changes twice a year offering 11 different daily menus, including vegetarian options, to help encourage children to try new foods whilst ensuring they eat well. All special dietary requirements are strictly adhered to and catered for and age appropriate meals and snacks are prepared for our youngest children ensuring they receive a balanced diet.

Meal times are a key learning opportunity in the nursery day. Each child sits at a table with their peers and they are encouraged to use crockery and cutlery as well as serve themselves the two course meal with a staff member providing support. Chichester has an in-house chef who cooks over 100 meals a day, servicing our Bersted nursery as well. At Brinsbury, our college caterers prepare food in our main kitchens.

Not only is it important for children to have a balanced and nutritious diet to grow and develop healthily but we believe the social aspect of a meal time is also crucial. At First Steps we find that our children very quickly enjoy and look forward to the experience of sitting and eating together, discussing what’s on the menu and often trying new tastes for the first time.

Our seasonal menus are shared with parents and carers and displayed at our nurseries; we also offer a range of healthy snacks throughout the day. Our staff ensure that feeding routines for babies are followed according to parents’ instructions, ensuring consistency and making for a smoother transition to nursery and we will work together to support baby’s transition to solid foods.