What meals will my child have at N?We’ve worked with experienced nutritionist, Laura Matthews, to create a balanced, seasonal menu with the correct amount of food for each child’s age, stage and development. We accommodate all diets & special requirements, offering a balanced mix of plant-based and sustainably sourced white meat & fish dishes. Please note that we serve meat or fish 3 times per week. Children are provided with a wide range of different fruits and vegetables and each day they will receive at least five portions of fresh fruit or veg per day. We supplement this with rolling healthy snacks that are available throughout the day, should they be extra hungry.
How regular are your food deliveries?Food deliveries occur regularly throughout the week as we only cook with fresh, natural ingredients. Meals are prepared by our on-site chef every day. Have a look at our menu to see this week's lovely selection!
My child is a fussy eater, what will happen if he/she doesn’t eat?If a child refuses to eat what is being served, we will always offer an alternative, but we will first persist in encouraging them to try new foods. Our nutritionist has advised that children often need to try new foods up to ten times before they become accustomed to the change in taste & texture, so don’t be disheartened if it takes a bit of time. We repeat & rotate dishes on the menu in order to speed this process up and establish familiarity.
Do you offer vegetarian or vegan menus?Yes, we are able to accommodate any diet at N.
I’m still breastfeeding, how will this work?This is up to you; you can either express to bottles that our educators will give to your baby or pop back in throughout the day to feed your child in the cafe.
Do you provide formula?Yes - we provide formula of your choosing to infants under one year old.
Can I bring in expressed milk?Yes - if you'd prefer to provide expressed milk, we'll be able to give this to your child instead of formula.
Do you support the weaning process?Yes, we will follow either baby-led weaning, spoon-fed weaning or a combination approach. We will follow your lead from home and we will work together on weaning!
My child has an allergy, how will you cater for this?As soon as you sign up, your child’s allergy information is given to our chefs and flagged on your child’s N app profile. We also use colour-coded allergy bowls and every room has allergy information on the walls for the team to see. If your child has a severe allergy, it is crucial that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can arrange a meeting with the senior management, kitchen and your key person to make an action plan.
Do your menus include things like eggs which some children might be allergic to?Our menus do contain allergens as the NHS guidance is that all allergens should be introduced regularly from 6 months and that delaying the introduction of allergens can increase the risk of developing an allergy. We do, however, have processes in place to ensure that a child with a diagnosed allergy is not exposed to their allergen.
Are your nurseries nut free?We can not guarantee that our nurseries are completely free of any specific allergens. However, we have specific processes in place to ensure that a child with a diagnosed allergy is not exposed to their allergen. It is worth noting that we don’t at present use nuts in our menus and we do ask parents and team members not to bring nuts into the nursery. We also ask that you don’t bring in any medications including Arachis Hypogaea or other nut oils. However, many foods are labelled as having ‘traces of nut’ and ingredients with these warnings can be used in the nursery unless a risk assessment specific to a particular child indicates otherwise.
Can you accommodate a halal diet?We offer a halal menu in some of our nurseries, so please be in touch with your nursery manager or the admissions team to find out whether your nursery does.