Barbar Nursery

  • Rosary School: 07532 136525
  • Stratford Park: 01453 840474
  • Kingsway, Quedgeley: 01452 698668

Sing Along with Pictures

Sandra and Carol, The Directors of BarBar, came into their Kingsway setting, and sung their favourite songs and rhymes to the children. The children sung along to the ones they knew, but also learnt a few new ones which they really enjoyed, especially ‘Bumble Bee’ and ‘Alice the Camel!’ Each room then sung their favourite song, and the children had a great time singing along with one another.

What’s a Healthy Packed Lunch?

Starchy Foods

Base each meal on a starchy food, such as bread, potato, rice, pasta. Starchy foods give energy, fibre, vitamins and minerals

  • Try different types, such as pitta bread, wraps or bread rolls.
  • Other starchy foods, such as pasta or rice.
  • Whole grain varieties are best for fibre, which is vital for a healthy digestive system

Meat and Alternatives:

  • Add some protein, for example meat, fish, eggs, beans or pulses. Protein foods build muscles and provide minerals
  • Lean meats, such as chicken, turkey or ham.
  • Cheese, including cottage cheese, Edam or soft cheese.
  • Egg, including quiche or omelette.
  • Meat alternatives, such as tofu or tempeh.
  • Dishes containing pulses, beans or meal, for example dahl, stew or bean
  • Meat products such as sausage rolls, sausages and chipolatas, pies and pastries. Fried foods should only be included once a fortnight.

Snacks and Confectionery

Snack foods may be included occasionally but aim to make healthier choices. Snack foods tend to be high in fat, sugar and salt. Food high in fat can cause excessive weight and may lead to heart disease.

Milk and Dairy Foods

Include a dairy product or dairy alternative, such as fromage frais or tzatziki. These foods provide calcium necessary for strong bones and teeth, as well as providing protein and vitamins.

Fruit and Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre necessary for the body to function properly. You can include fresh, frozen, tinned or dried fruit.

  • A vegetable dish, such as salad or roast vegetables
  • Add tomato, lettuce or beetroot to a sandwich.
  • Fresh fruit, such as apple, banana or pear.
  • Dried fruit, such as apricots, raisins or figs.
  • Fruit salad (fresh or tinned in juice) or vegetable salad
  • Finger foods, such as cherry tomatoes, cucumber sticks or celery.

For a Healthier Snack

  • Replace sweets and chocolate with dried fruit, a small bunch of grapes or fruit salad.
  • Replace cakes and pastries with fruit bread or malt loaf
  • Replace salted savoury snacks with rice cakes or breadsticks.

Drinks

  • Especially water, help children to concentrate and feel well. Water is freely available in the Nursery.
  • Only water or pure juice should be included in the lunchbox. Avoid squash due to high sugar level.

Practical Tips for a Healthy Lunch

What you need to know

Children need to eat well as it will give them energy and nutrients to grow and develop and be healthy, strong and active. A healthy enjoyable lunch gives children the energy they need to learn and play at Nursery.This Leaflet provides information on how to pack a healthier lunch. These guidelines are based on the nursery food policy.

Practical Tips for a Healthy Lunchbox

  • Try to vary the contents of the lunchbox daily. That way you can ensure your child is getting the variety of nutrients their bodies need to function and grow.
  • Involve your child in preparing their lunchbox. They are more likely to enjoy their food.
  • Make sure you wash your hands before handling food.
  • Wash fruit and vegetables before use.
  • Lunches packed the night before need to be stored in the fridge. If using rice, make sure it is cooled quickly and stored in the fridge overnight.
  • To keep your lunch fresh during the day, use a cool bag and put in a frozen drink or reusable ice pack.
  • If your child refuses to eat brown bread, try a lighter variety or make sandwiches using slice of white and a slice of whole meal bread.
  • For variety, use pitta strips, crackers, bread sticks, fruit and vegetables or finger food with a dip.
  • Keep bread in the freezer so you can take out and defrost what you need for one day’s lunchbox.
  • Always try to add a little salad to a sandwich. To avoid soggy sandwiches, dry the salad before adding it to the sandwich or put it in separate sandwich bag.
  • You can use leftovers: for example, rice and curry, vegetable pizza or pasta and sauce.
  • Make a salad using rice, potatoes or pasta the night before, mixed vegetables, beans and so on.

For more information and Advice go to eatwell.gov.uk

 

Fireworks Night at Kingsway

BarBar Nursery, Kingsway opened its doors for a whole Nursery Firework event enjoyed by all that came to watch the show! This was a lovely chance for children and parents to get together at our busy setting!

Most enjoyed burgers and refreshments beforehand, and then watched a 40 minute firework display with a variety of fireworks, such as rockets, lava bursts, and many more (of course a sparkler or two!)

Stratford Park Charity Toddle!

On Friday 22nd July 2016, Stratford Park held their annual Toddle. We normally hold this charity event for Barnardo’s which supports vulnerable children and young people. However, this year we chose to give the money to Archie’s Chance to Dance. Tamsin who works in the baby room at Stratford Park suggested this as Archie is her nephew and needs to raise £85,000 to go to America and have an operation to enable him to walk without support from his frame. Archie loves to run, play football and dance and just wants to play like his friends.

For the event, the children were very involved in the preparation. They made masks and bracelets that they wore while going for the walk. They also made bunting to decorate the garden and three different types of cakes/ biscuits for the children and parents to eat.

All children and parents were invited and Archie and his mum came too! They walked the route around Stratford Park Leisure Centre garden and Archie did very well needing a little support when going up the hills. Back at nursery, we had a buffet of tasty snacks and a raffle with a selection of donated presents.

We raised a total of £138.60 which will help massively to this heart warming cause so thank you everyone who came and donated!

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