The Wantage

telephone01235 760213

6-7 Church Street Wantage OX12 8BL

Open from 7.30am to 6pm

OFSTED-Logo                                       Rated across        all measures         "GOOD"   September 2016

                            "Children are confident happy and behave well."          Ofsted September 2016  

"Staff know children's interests and provide activities and experiences to engage and motivate them. Children make good progress."            Ofsted September 2016



Healthy home cooked food

We provide all meals and snacks during the day at nursery including breakfast for our early chicks. All meals are prepared in our nursery kitchen and we have our own professional cook. Our cook works to a carefully constructed menu based on government healthy eating guidelines which ensures that over the day children get at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables. The children get into the habit of eating unprocessed fruit and vegetables everyday by having snack foods like carrot sticks with dips or washed and cut up fruit such as apples with skins still on. We ensure the menu is nutritionally appropriate for very small children so there is no added salt and as per government guidelines for very young children we include healthy amounts of protein and use full fat milk and butter. For special diets we ensure substitutes are also highly nutritious and we have a mixture of meat fish and vegetarian dishes on our menu every week.

We buy all our food from reliable national supermarket chains and occasionally have a small harvest from our own nursery garden.

A tasty varied diet

We understand young palates. Young children are more receptive to different flavours than some of us expect and we offer a varied menu with dishes from all over the world and a wide variety of meat, fish, vegetables, and pulses. It all gets eaten up every day so we’re on the right track. We do not serve up any fatty junk food like chips or sausage rolls. We do make our own tasty and healthy fruit cakes and some homemade puddings so the children do get to enjoy treats. We never add salt to our food and we don’t give the children sweets at nursery. We encourage the children to progress quickly from pureed food to “grown up” solid food as quickly as they are ready to and it means they enjoy all sorts of food much more. It also makes life easier for their parents at home.

Allergies and special diets

Our cook and all of the staff in the nursery are trained to ensure children do not get foods they are allergic to or that their parents do not want them to eat and we have a very robust system to ensure children do not get anything they shouldn’t.

Promoting good eating habits

We encourage all the children to eat together at regular meal times. Our staff sit and eat with them and teach the children good table manners. We encourage children to progress quickly from baby bottle to beaker from beaker to cup. We encourage children to sit nicely at the table and move them quickly from high chairs to sitting at a proper table in a chair appropriate to their age. The children learn to feed themselves and we introduce a child’s knife and fork as soon as they are ready to progress from a spoon. Parents are constantly delighted with the progress their children make at nursery in feeding themselves and learning to eat a varied diet and more grown up food.