What about a healthy diet?

Like you, we think a healthy and varied diet is very important. We encourage your child to get used to different flavors, which is vital in developing healthy eating patterns. Our cleaning staff prepares a fresh, hot lunch every day at most of our locations. If there are no cooking facilities, meals are delivered or Kindergarden chefs prepare and deliver the food from a central location. And then we always eat at the table together – because seeing others eat encourages you to eat!

Healthy and varied

At Kindergarden, our children enjoy healthy and varied food including the most sustainable and pure seasonal vegetables and fruit we can buy, healthy snacks such as cucumber, bell pepper, and carrots, meat, and dairy. Our meat is always free-range or organic and, in line with advice on the five major food groups, we don’t offer too much meat.

The convenience of a hot lunch

A fresh, hot lunch at lunchtime (for all children aged one and above) is of course healthy. And it’s also a great solution for you as parent. After a busy working day, you can decide to make an easy evening meal every now and then. After all, most of your child’s nutritional requirements have already been met for that day, including fruit and dairy, and a nutritious sandwich will be enough in the evening.’ That’s convenient, isn’t it?

Fresh vegetable snacks for the youngest ones

We offer your child fresh fruit every day. When your child is ready for vegetable snacks, we will discuss this with you. You don’t need to prepare these snacks yourself as we do that.

Home-made snacks for babies (from four months)

  • Coarsely pureed vegetable snacks such as cauliflower, green beans, carrot, and broccoli
  • One type of vegetable to get your child used to different flavors

Home-made snacks for babies (from six to eight months)

  •  Finely chopped vegetable snacks with two flavors, possibly supplemented with potatoes, white rice, or pasta
  • The vegetable snacks become more hearty and coarser in structure.’ In the end, we add food from that day’s hot lunch, ensuring a natural transition to the hot lunch

Hot lunch from one year

  • As many seasonal organic ingredients as possible, in line with responsible dietary principles and covering the five major food groups.ë We pay close attention to what a one-year old child from can eat and take this into account in the menu.

Seeing others eat, encourages you to eat

We eat together at the table with those children who are ready to eat independently. And do this at both low as well as high tables. This encourages contact between the children and offers them the space to imitate and help each other. This results in them becoming increasingly aware of their environment and their manners. Eating independently gives them a kick! Eating together means you belong in the group, and that’s also really good for their self-confidence.

Learning through eating

Did you know that we…

  • ...have a table top cupboard in every toddler (plus) group?

    This way the older children can set the table themselves and we involve them in the meal time. In addition, we create more peace in the transition from playing to eating.

  • ...let the children help?

    Also involve the older children in preparing the snacks and fruit themselves? They get their own children's knife and board, and they help, for example, with cutting the fruit, which we then eat together.

  • ...often have our own vegetable garden?

    Have our own vegetable garden at many locations? By sowing and harvesting together, your child learns where fruit and vegetables come from and learns to eat consciously. For example, we process the zucchini and basil harvested by the children in the hot lunch of that day.

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