Our Food

Our Food

All our childcare centre menus are designed, prepared and served by our full time qualified chef in our purpose built, HSE approved HACCP kitchen. Food and nutrition are very important aspects of your child’s healthy life balance.  What children eat during their childhood years can determine their eating habits later in life.

About the food in our childcare education centre

  • We use fresh products daily
  • Our menus are written in accordance with the HSE Nutrition Guide
  • All breads, muffins and scones are baked by our Chef
  • We only use minimal amounts of salt
  • Our menus are varied and provide the correct proportion of carbohydrate, protein and fat for your child
  • We include a vegetarian choice option every day
  • Weekly menus are displayed at the beginning of the week and parents are encouraged to let their carer know if there is anything on the menu that their child may not be able to eat. So that an alternative can be provided
  • We provide all of the food consumed by children on site and do not allow children to bring in there own food items or ‘junk food’
  • Here at Child’s Play we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to encourage children to eat fruit and vegetables.  So, we have introduced ‘Grazing Trays’ to the children.  Grazing trays are trays that we prepare fresh every morning and bring into each play room.  They are packed full of healthy fresh fruit and vegetables for the children to ‘graze’ on throughout the morning.  These are then replenished in the afternoon.  The concept behind these trays is that they are left in the playroom and the children can choose to eat from them whenever they wish, hence the term ‘grazing’.  It has been proven if children get the opportunity to feed themselves and serve themselves they are more likely to try different foods.  It has also been proven that if children taste foods at an early age they are more likely to wish to eat these during their teenage life.

Our chef is on hand to discuss any dietary requirements you may have and to put together menus that will suit your child. We ensure that eating is a social enjoyable event for the children. We discuss the food being served with the children and where possible the children help to create the dishes:

  • Growing herbs for the chef and adding them to the mixing bowl
  • Placing there own toppings on their home made pizzas

We find that when the children participate in the preparation of their meals they eat and enjoy them much more.

Fussy Eaters

Most children will go through a phase at some stage during their toddler years where they have decided that they do not want to eat. This is very normal. However, to ensure that children still consume the best nutrients for them we have to get inventive. There are lots of things we do to combat this:

  • Encouraging the children to participate in meal preparation
  • Discussion with child about the food they will be eating
  • The carers show great enthusiasm for the meals – children will often copy adults
  • Disguise vegetables in food so children may not realise they are eating it
  • Make a fuss when a child finishes their meal
  • Make eating a sociably, fun and interactive experience
  • By creating all our sauces, stews, casseroles, etc… we can puree or finely chop vegetables into these and the children do not realise
  • The chef makes his own smoothies full of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • We have pretend food in the rooms so that the children can discuss the foods they eat

When children see other children doing something they will often copy. Some children will eat more in a class room setting with their friends.

Food Allergies

Our chef is on hand to discuss all dietary requirements with parents and to designed menus that will best suit their child’s needs. We cater for children with a large number of dietary specifications and ensure that that child is not made to feel different. No fuss is made and the child eats at the same time as their friends and with food that looks as similar to their friends as possible.

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