• At the Orchard meals are freshly prepared on site every day. We have developed menus in partnership with parents and children and provide food which meets and exceeds the government’s compulsory minimum nutritional requirements, which include:

    • A balanced diet with plenty of variety
    • Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
    • Plenty of food rich in calcium and iron

  • We develop our seasonal menus to incorporate lots of fresh ingredients. You can be confident that the meal your child will receive each day is nutritionally well balanced and will provide them with all the goodness they require for healthy growth, mental development and the best possible start in life. If a child attends for a full day we confidently say that they will have eaten at least four out of their recommended five fruit or veg a day. Therefore, we encourage parents to top up with fruit at breakfast or supper.

  • Our menus run on a six-week cycle offering a different range of meals each week, so that your child has the varied diet required to help them develop their tastes and make healthy choices in the future.
  • In addition to the guidelines we also:
    • Use no artificial additives or salt in the preparation of our meals
    • Offer a varied menu which will help to develop children’s tastes
    • Cater for all dietary & cultural requirements
  • The Kitchen

    • As part of a significant refurbishment project last year we transformed our dated but cosy family style kitchen into a super shiny stainless steel professional meal prep space. Steel is an extremely hygienic material and all the units are designed by us and made by a fabricator to our specifications. We felt it so important to invest in our kitchen as a major part of the extension. The old kitchen was the in the centre of the house and as such was the heart of the home. In the early years it would not have been uncommon to find the postman having a cup of tea with the cook while the nursery dog snoozed in the corner by the radiator. As a company we have also grown in size and age range so while having the sights and sounds of the kitchen as part of the backdrop to the teaching and learning was a delight, it did break up the childcare space as it was. The space is more fluid now and staff can rearrange it to suit the needs of the children on an almost daily basis.
    • We took the old units out, knocked down one wall and built another, stole a bit of the old baby room to make a walk in larder and turned the messy room around so it now runs from front to back of the house. What our new modern kitchen allows us now, is to take receipt of deliveries through the front windows rather than ever having to interrupt the childcare.
    • The kitchen is small but designed in such a way that micro groups of children can work in there with their adult and create some yummy stuff.
  • Meals

    • Special Dietary Requirements – We cater for all dietary and cultural requirements including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free & nut free.
      • With the noticeable rise in food allergies among children, it is not unusual for Wanda to prepare five separate meals for one lunch sitting. It is NEVER too much bother to make the sauce without celery or to use goats milk not cow’s or create a fun fruity but filling pud with strictly no gluten or dairy. It is our pleasure to feed our Orchard children so they are satisfied, full, happy and ready to play or sleep deeply. If you are a parent of a young child with special dietary requirements we know you will be concerned that a nursery setting can provide the right nutrition for them. Hear what some of our parents have to say about how we  embraced food challenges and allayed their worries. Then get in touch with us and talk through your concerns and requirements.
    • As a small community we spend a lot of time cooking, eating, talking while sharing a meal, talking about food, about produce and its origins, making pretend versions of real food in the home corner or mud kitchen. As educators food and drink gives us a rich palette of teaching opportunities and our new kitchen really helps us make the most of those. Interestingly, the whole curriculum sits within the act of sharing a meal and the best of us try not to waste a single teachable moment.
    • We simply enjoy our meals. We use a wide range of flavours, textures and colours in our cooking to make eating our meals fun and enjoyable. This is essential because what children eat at an early age determines their choices and eating patterns in later life. Mealtimes are social occasions and the childcare staff sit with the children, eat the same food, and promote good manners and conversational skills.
  • The menu