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Food and nutrition are important to us and we know that a healthy balanced diet is essential to your child’s growth and development. Every day is an opportunity for us to satisfy your child’s appetite with delicious and nutritious meals and snacks, designed with their needs in mind, with a menu planned to broaden their food experiences.

Food Hygiene Rating - Level 5We love to see children’s excitement when presented with a selection of colour, shape, texture, and taste for their mealtimes. It is a privilege to support you in developing their palate.

Our staff will support your child to keep healthy and hydrated enabling them to have their drink at hand for when they need one, and working regular drinks breaks into our daily routine too.

We always provide fresh, balanced meals to the children at each meal time with a choice of fresh fruit at snack times.

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, to get our children off to flying start, we offer a variety of non-sugared cereals, fruit and wholemeal toast, enough to fill up their bellies and keep a smile on their face till snack time.

At Lunch and Teatime, we like to serve a hot, balanced meal that have been cooked on the premises by our Nursery Chef.

Throughout the day and at nursery meals time we encourage the children to drink water.

Our menus have been approved by a nutritionist working for the Local Authority and meet all the “Eat Better Start Better” programme guidelines and food standards.

If your child has any specific dietary requirements or you want further information on nursery meals and menus simply get in touch.

Meet our Chef

Our talented and dedicated nursery chef, Sherifat, hailing from the vibrant and flavourful culture of Nigeria. With a rich culinary journey spanning over three decades, she brings a wealth of experience and passion to our kitchen at Monkey Puzzle Stoke Newington.

Since 1989, Sherifat chef has been creating delightful culinary experiences, infusing her dishes with the authentic tastes and traditions of Nigeria. Her expertise extends beyond cooking; she crafts each meal with a blend of skill, creativity, and a deep appreciation for diverse flavours.

In the heart of our nursery, she works tirelessly to ensure that every dish not only meets nutritional standards but also tantalizes young taste buds. Her commitment to providing wholesome and delicious meals is matched only by her genuine care for the well-being of each child. From introducing new flavours to accommodating dietary needs, our nursery chef plays a vital role in creating a positive and nourishing environment for our little ones.

With a culinary journey that spans continents and decades, our chef brings a world of flavours to Monkey Puzzle Stoke Newington, making each meal a delightful adventure for our young learners.

Our Menus

Babies’ nutrition

At this age nutrition for your child and support for you go hand in hand as we work together to find your child’s feeding rhythm throughout their daytime with us and their night time and earlier mornings with you. We support both breastfeeding and formula feed with bottle feeds at nursery, delivered with comfort and care for their feeding and winding habits. When your babies are ready to experience solid food we will complement your efforts at home, working in partnership with you as your child experiences new tastes and textures.

Toddlers’ nutrition

Your toddler’s food experiences are so important and at this age group, they really develop and secure many of their preferences. At this age we balance the opportunity to try new foods with the regularity and reliability of foods they already know and love, continuing to praise them for their food adventures, and giving them an abundance of time to enjoy these.

We delight in helping to create good habits, supporting mealtimes with learning and understanding about how foods help them and their bodies, helping them to make great food choices for life.

Preschoolers’ nutrition

Fuelling some of the most energetic beings on the planet is fun, and we love the challenge! A healthy balanced diet is essential to your child’s growth and development and at this stage, making sure they have the nutrition to match their desire to master the world.

Your preschooler will continue to learn and understand how foods help them and their bodies, helping them to make great food choices for life. At this age, your child will be a master of self-service with them creating their own portions, so they can display their appetite and tell us about their choice, with our guidance of course!

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