Healthy eating


    At The Rocking Horse Nursery we have a dedicated catering team preparing fresh food daily from a fully-equipped and substantial commercial kitchen.

    We provide a healthy and balanced meat free diet, as nutritious meals are essential to each child's development. The Nursery encourages sensible eating habits and views meal times as an enjoyable, social occasion. All Individual dietary requirements are catered for.

The importance of healthy eating in the early years

We know that healthy eating is vitally important for the under 5s. The early years of a child’s life really matter when it comes to lifelong health. What they eat, and the habits they develop around food when they’re young, set the pattern for the rest of their lives.

By encouraging healthy food and eating habits early on, we can encourage and steer children towards the right behaviours, setting them up for healthier futures. By providing healthy and nutritious food, we can also help young children to get the best from their days, improving concentration and helping them get more out of learning and playing opportunities.

Our commitment to early years nutrition

We are committed to providing healthy and nutritious food and the appropriate environment for good nutrition and have made a commitment to healthy eating by joining the Early Years Nutrition Partnership programme, an independent social enterprise working to improve the future health outcomes of young children.

We are working alongside the EYN Partnership’s Registered Nutritionist Dr Xanthi Maragkoudaki,

benefiting from their expertise and the tailored support they are providing to our staff and the children in our care.  We will be further developing our menus, reviewing our food policy and thinking about how we teach the children in our care about healthy eating and positive mealtime experiences.

EYN Partnership resources have been developed using the expertise of the British Nutrition Foundation and the Early Years Alliance with guidance from the EYN Partnership Expert Panel.

We look forward to bringing you news about the work we are doing as part of the EYN Partnership programme, and working with you to help further develop our approach to early years nutrition.

You can learn more about the Early Years Nutrition Partnership programme and find plenty of hints and tips and resources for you as parents and carers by visiting the website:

British Nutrition Foundation - Perfect Portions for Little Tums "5532 a-day"