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Heathly Eating At Merry Poppets

Breast Milk

All meals are freshly prepared at the Merry Poppets kitchen by our own Professional Cook. Our cooks recipes are carefully selected to provide a varied and appetizing menu, this is based on a Government healthy eating guidelines which ensures that over the course of the day our 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. We ensure the menu is appropriate for very small children so there is no added salt and conforms to Government nutritional guidelines for very young children. We include healthy amounts of protein, butter, semi-skimmed, full fat and soya milk. 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.

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, a wide variety of meat, fish, vegetables, and pulses. We have a strict policy NOT to serve any “fatty junk food” such as chips. We do not use additives in our food and we don’t give the children sweets or chocolate.

Food Standards Agency Food Hygene Rating 5

However, we do make our own tasty and healthy fruit cakes and some homemade puddings so the children get to enjoy these treats. We actively encourage good table manners and behaviour whilst supporting our parents through the weening process.

Allergies and Special Diets

The cook as well as our Nursery Practitioners are trained in Merry Poppets meal time practise that ensures children don’t receive foods they are allergic to or for religious belief. We have a very robust check system in place that is followed from kitchen to the table which safeguards this procedure.

Promoting Good Eating Habits

Our Nursery Practitioners observe the children during meal times encouraging good behaviour and social skills.

We help children to progress when they are ready from baby bottle to beaker and from beaker to cup. We encourage children to sit nicely at the table and move them from high chairs to sitting at the big table in a chair appropriate to their age. The children learn to feed themselves and we introduce a children’s cutlery as soon as they are ready to progress from a spoon.

Breast Milk

Parents are constantly delighted with the progress their children make at Merry Poppets Nursery, feeding themselves and learning to eat a varied diet and more grown up food. All the children eat together at regular meal times. Our Nursery Practitioners observe the child during meal times encouraging good behaviour and social skills.

What if my baby is on breast milk?

We welcome any parents to bring expressed milk to nursery, but bottles MUST be clearly labled with your child’s name. It can be given to your child at the times specified by you. We will record how much your child has had as part of our daily feedback to parents.

What The Parents Say About


Our daughter has been attending Merry Poppets Henlow for over a year now and we are thrilled with her care and development. We truly feel like the MP staff are an extension of our family and when we drop her off we know she will have exceptional care whilst also progressing through her development indicators in a fun and interactive way. We get regular updates telling us what the week in store holds, then photos and catch-ups daily to keep us informed on how our daughter's day has been. We honestly spent so long choosing the right local nursery and we are greatful to be part of Merry Poppets Henlow.