Nursery food and menus

At Smarties all meals are provided by our resident cooks, including a fruit-based snack, a two course lunch and afternoon tea. Special dietary requirements including those required for small babies are catered for. All meals are designed to provide a well-balanced diet, which is both nutritional and enjoyable.


Mealtimes are a happy, social occasion for children and staff alike at Smarties. Positive interactions are shared at these times and enjoyed. Smarties Day Nursery is committed to offering children healthy, nutritious and balanced meals and snacks which meet individual needs and requirements.



We ensure that:


  • Menus are planned in advance, rotated regularly and reflect cultural diversity and variation. These are on display for parents to view

  • We provide nutritious food at all times, using fresh, locally-sourced produce and avoiding large quantities of fat, sugar, salt and artificial additives, preservatives and colourings

  • Fresh drinking water is constantly available and frequently offered to children and babies

  • Staff eat with the children, acting as role models and demonstrating good table manners. Children are encouraged to use their manners and say 'please' and 'thank you', using Makaton signs for those children who are not yet speaking

  • Staff use meal and snack times to help children to develop independence through making choices, helping to serve food and drink, and feeding themselves. Staff support children to make healthy choices and understand the need for healthy eating.

  • Good hygiene is actively encouraged in the nursery. Children are taught to clean their teeth after meals and to wash their hands before and after meals.



The food served is prepared in our newly re-fitted kitchen to the highest standards of hygiene. All of the permanent staff are qualified in Food Hygiene and the nursery has achieved the highest rating awarded by the Environmental Health Department at Mansfield District Council.


Samples of our menus are shown below:


Sample Menu 1


Sample Menu 2