Food

Food

Providing a healthy balanced diet of nutritious snacks, lunches and teas is a huge part of what we do at Acorns.

  • We have a varied, vigorously researched four weekly rotating menu that reflects and educates about cultural and seasonal differences.
  • We are committed to the highest standards of fresh produce and presentation.

Our chef, Caroline Newton (or Caz as she is affectionately known) is passionate about food for the under fives. Caz has 40 years of catering experience, a NVQ Level 3 in Supervising Food Safety in Catering and has taken specific courses in nutrition, ‘Fussy Eating’ and allergy awareness whilst at Acorns to help her excel in the particular challenges of this demanding position.

Caz and Pam tirelessly experiment and reinvent to polish and tweak the menus in order to maintain very high nutritional standards with fresh local produce (all our meat comes from Jesse Smiths), to highlight cultural and seasonal differences, and to cater for the tastes and expectations of the children (sometimes hiding vegetables other times showcasing them).

Parents often remark that their children have better lunches and snacks than they do!

Caz Newton

Head Chef at Acorns Nursery School Cirencester
Head Chef

Pamela Godsell

Nursery Chef at Acorns Nursery School Cirencester
Nursery Chef

Testimonial

Dear Miles

Two of my children have had the pleasure to attend your nursery and I wanted to write and let you know how much Acorns Nursery has impacted on our lives. The nursery is a lovely warm, friendly place that Eloisa and Charlotte love, a home-from-home that provides such a great stepping stone to primary school, with fantastic, fun-loving and dedicated staff. 

What has made your nursery really standout for our family though is the attention paid to the food provided for the children. Charlotte has many food allergies but you still provide her fresh, home-cooked, nutritious lunches and snacks, endeavoring to ensure her meals are a like-for-like with the other meals provided for the children. You can’t imagine what a relief this is for me as a parent, enabling Charlotte to enjoy a nursery setting like any other child, and leaving me safe in the knowledge that Charlotte is in great, capable hands and will enjoy a good home-cooked meal like all the other children.

Your nursery is one-in-a-million and your commitment to each child’s welfare is amazing. My family and I are extremely grateful to you and all your team.

Warm regards,

Mrs Kathy Marston

Recording each child's meal at Acorns Nursery School Cirencester.

Recording children’s meals to provide feedback for parents.

Helping to clear the lunch plates at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Feeding the babies at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Clearing the plates at Acorns Nursery School Cirencester.
Helping to clear the plates ready for washing up at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.

Training the children to clear their own plates.

Owner Miles Guerrini dons an apron and lends a hand.

Lunch time for the babies at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Lunch time for the babies at Acorns Nursery School in Cirencester.
Lunch time at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Serving the pasta at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Mixed pasta at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.

Different coloured pasta twists make this dish look more appealing but we also mix in wholemeal pasta to boost the nutritional content. Our special recipe tomato sauce has key vegetables on display for the children to taste individually and discuss but it also has plenty of others expertly hidden.

Serving up the pasta at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Cleaing up after lunch at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Lunch time at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Food glorious food at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Lunch about to be served at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Eating outside at Acorns Nursery School in Cirencester.

When possible we eat outside.

Giving Thanks for the Food

Saying thank you for the food at Acorns Nursery School in Cirencester.
Saying thanks for the food at Acorns Nursery School in Cirencester.
Giving thanks for the food at Acorns Nursery School in Cirencester.

We all hold hands and quietly say ‘Thank you for our food today’.

Chinese New Year

At Chinese New Year the children help to make culturally appropriate dishes and then ate them along with plenty of discussion.

Chinese New Year food at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Chinese New Year food at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Chinese New Year food at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.
Chinese New Year food at Acorns Nursery School, Cirencester.

Lunch in Pre-School

Pre-school lunch Acorns Nursery School in Cirencester.
The pre-school enjoying their lunch Acorns Nursery School in Cirencester.
The pre-school eating their lunch Acorns Nursery School in Cirencester.

Lunch in Pre-School

Salmon and Broccoli pasta preparation at Acorns Nursery School Cirencester

Salmon and Broccoli pasta preparation.

Salmon and Broccoli pasta served with a smile!

Salmon and Broccoli pasta at Acorns Nursery School Cirencester
Giving thanks for the food at Acorns Nursery School in Cirencester.

One of our afternoon teas is ratatouille which includes mushrooms, courgettes, aubergine, tomato, and hidden vegetable sauce. It is served with potatoes and grated cheese.

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