Nutrition

Sandcastles provides seasonal menus offering wholesome, nutritious foods which meet government guidelines and recommendations.

We have a full time chef who prepares two cooked meals a day for our children to enjoy, fully supporting the individual needs and stages of the children. We invite families in to liaise with our chef, ensuring that special dietary requirements e.g., allergies, religious practises, cultural diversities, are catered for.  We aim to meet all individual needs and minimise the risk of any allergic reactions.

Through staff interaction, children learn about healthy foods and the importance of good hygiene.  Fresh drinking water is available for all the children throughout the day, with milk and fruit juice being offered at certain meals. Children are also offered snacks throughout the day and fruit is readily available and visible in all rooms.

To continue our parent partnership approach, we ask for feedback on our menus when they are being implemented and recipes are available to share at home.

Sample Menu

Week 1

Meal

1 2 3 4 5

Snack

Rice Cakes and toppings Fruit Pitta Bread (Cereals Containing Gluten) Vegetable Sticks and humous Cheese and Crackers

Lunch

Tomato and Olive Pasta (cereals containing gluten) Shepard’s pie and vegetables (cereals containing gluten) Roast Dinner (milk) Homemade Turkey Burgers with potatoes and vegetables (egg) Chicken Curry (cereals containing gluten)
Fruit Salad Yogurt (milk) Ice Cream and Berries (milk) Rice Pudding (Milk) Fruit Sorbet sticks

Tea

Chilli Con Carne served with rice. (Cereals containing gluten) Salmon, Broccoli and Tomato Pasta (Cereals containing gluten) Baked Bean and Cheese Jacket Potatoes (milk) Beef and Vegetable casserole served with rice Macaroni cheese and vegetables (milk, cereals containing gluten)
Flap Jack Fruit Bar (Cereal Containing Gluten) Fruit Banana Split (Milk) Cake(Cereal Containing Gluten)

As an early years and childcare provider we required to provide allergen information about the food we serve in line with the Food Information Regulation 2014.  There are 14 major allergens, Cereals containing gluten, namely: wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan wheat), rye, barley, oats,  Crustaceans for example prawns, crabs, lobster, crayfish, Eggs, Fish, Peanuts, Soybeans, Milk, Nuts; namely almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecan nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia (or Queensland) nuts, Celery (including celeriac), Mustard, Sesame, Sulphur dioxide/sulphites, where added and at a level above 10mg/kg in the finished product. This can be used as a preservative in dried fruit, Lupin which includes lupin seeds and flour and can be found in types of bread, pastries and pasta and Molluscs like clams, mussels, whelks, oysters, snails and squid.

For more information visit food.gov.uk/allergy or nhs.uk/conditions/allergies