Nursery Nutrition

Nursery Nutrition

At Colourbox we provide a healthy, low sugar menu (main meals and snacks), along with drinks, to foster a positive approach to healthy eating. As a nursery school we are very much aware of the importance of providing a positive influence on the children's knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards food and a healthy lifestyle. The sharing of food and drink plays an important part in the social life of Colourbox Montessori School as well as reinforcing children's understanding of the importance of healthy eating. We are especially proud of the way in which our nutrition practice is integrated into all areas of the nursery school. Staff and children eat together and children are encouraged to use real cutlery and crockery as soon as they are able to do so. Our older children have recently been involved in trialling the British Nutrition Foundation's cookery course for early years.

They also include recipes from other countries and link into the Montessori cultural curriculum. All children here at Colourbox will have suitable food made for them - taking into account allergies, family preference and cultural requirements. Water and milk are served throughout the day. Children are involved in the growing, preparation and serving of food to ensure that they feel involved. Our cooks prepare all meals fresh on site daily, using locally sourced produce to ensure freshness and to support the local business community. We recognise the importance of encouraging a daily selection of fruit and vegetables and pro-actively promote the '5-Alive' project. Sugar and salt are also reduced in recipes as much as possible.

Throughout a child's journey with us at Colourbox we will strive to develop good eating skills and table manners. The children often cook food for nursery snack, e.g. baking bread; picking blackberries and making jam. In addition to drinks and snacks, each child has their own named water bottle (with a photograph of them) and is encouraged to drink frequently through the day to keep their brains and bodies hydrated. Above everything else we hope that we inspire in our children the importance of a healthy, nutritious well balanced diet.

Lunch consists of two courses and tea is served at 4.30pm each day.

Spring Menu (modified according to dietary requirements):

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Monday
Monday
Monday
Monday
Macaroni Cheese, Carrots and Green Beans

Fruit Salad and Ice Cream

Crumpets, vegetable sticks and cake
Toad in the Hole, New Potatoes, Cabbage and Gravy

Fruit Salad 

Cous Cous salad and cake
Tomato Cous Cous with Chicken, Mini roast Potatoes and Broccoli

Apple and Blackberry Crumble and Custard

Sandwiches, tortilla crisps and fruit
Homemade Scotch Eggs, New Potatoes and Baked Beans

Fruit Salad 

Pittas, fillings and cake
Tuesday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Tuesday
Cowboy Pie, Broccoli and Bread and butter

Jam Roly Poly and Custard

Pasta Salad and Fruit
Lasagne, Salad and Garlic Bread

Apple Crumble and Cream

Pittas, fillings and fruit
Fisherman’s Pie New Potatoes and Peas

Jelly and Ice Cream

Homemade Pizza Vegetable sticks and cake
Chicken Casserole with Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage

Chocolate and Vanilla Crunch and Custard

Pasta Salad and Fruit
Wednesday
Wednesday
Wednesday
Wednesday
Chilli Con Carne, Rice and Salad

Fruit Salad and Jelly

Cheese Scones and cake
Chicken Broth, Roast Potatoes and Broccoli

Bananas and Custard

Quiche, vegetable sticks and cake
Pasta Bake with Salad and Garlic Bread

Bakewell Tart and Custard

Wraps with fillings and Vegetable sticks and Fruit
Tuna Pasta Bake, Salad and Sweetcorn

Ginger cake and Cream

Crumpets and Fruit
Thursday
Thursday
Thursday
Thursday
Chicken Leek and Mushroom Crumble, New Potatoes and Peas

Sticky Pear Pudding and Cream

Wraps with Fillings and Fruit
Cheese, Tuna and Vegetable Puff Pie, New Potatoes and Salad

Fruit Salad and Ice Cream

Crumpets, vegetable sticks and cake
Hobarty Pie with Green Beans and Cauliflower

Cheesecake

Pasta Salad and Cake
Farmhouse Pie with Broccoli and Green Beans

Fruit Salad 

Cous Cous Salad and cake
Friday
Friday
Friday
Friday
Meatballs, Cous Cous and Salad

Cheesecake

Sandwiches, tortilla chips and Fruit
Chicken Curry, Rice and Broccoli

Trifle

Sausage Rolls, vegetable sticks and fruit
Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice and Broccoli

Fruit Salad and Yogurt

Cheese Scones, vegetable sticks and Cake
Spaghetti Bolognaise with Salad

Bananas and Custard

Sandwiches tortilla chips and a Cookie

"We will never be able to express how much Colourbox Montessori, and especially our son's teacher, have meant to us all as a family. Thanks to your constant efforts Aidan is well prepared for school and for future learning"

Jo Ferreira

"Our daughter chooses to go to Colourbox over having a day off - giving us reassurance about the decision we made over 3 years ago when she first started. Her primary school has a huge act to follow! We will be very sad to move on but we do so knowing that Gabriella has the background to do well. Thank you Colourbox!"

Rebecca Wilson

"Having started in The Nest right through to The Ocean room we are genuinely sad to be at the end of Archie's Colourbox journey. We knew nothing about Montessori at first, but we couldn't be more thrilled with the amazing start that it has given him."

Maxine Thornhill