Posted by Matt on 20 Mar 2011
Itís been nine months and timeís flown by with Tyler and Rachel at home with me. However, Rachelís back to work very soon, and now Tylerís 8 months old, sheíll soon be going to full time nursery with Luca. Dealing with this monumental milestone is not easy for any parent, and if youíre a first timer its especially hard, but I can say from experience that it does get easier giving your little baby to someone else every day. I remember when we introduced Luca to this new world, and how Rachel and I both felt. But over time, we realised how good it was for him, and how in reality, you canít do without it. Itís one of those necessities in life, as we all need to make money and in most cases child care becomes a fact of life.
However thereís one area in particular that I take a keen interest in at the nursery, and thatís the food. I think as a parent youíre always looking to provide the utmost for your children, and for me, food is one of the best ways to do this. Good overall nutrition and a healthy diet will help little minds to grow and the body to develop. I remember thinking when we started to research which nursery Luca would be going to:- Will the food be up to scratch? How will he get on eating other peoples food? Well, Iím happy to say he took it all in his stride, and from day one he loved it. Given my love of food, and having read lots about how bad food can be at nurseries it was important for Rachel and I to know he was going to get the right balance of food every day, and that it was cooked on site.
I read a report some time ago by a lady called Lizzie Vann (who founded Organix) and The Soil Association, whereby they exposed the truth about nursery food. It was an absolute eye opener, and really shook me up. Findings like some nurseries spending only 25p per child per meal on the ingredients or that 9 out of 10 nurseries that are not state-maintained had no clear nutritional standards. And for me the worst of all, the findings reported that colourings and additives not permitted in manufactured food for young children were regularly served in nurseries as this sector has no defined governmental guidelines??? The report can be found at www.soilassociation.org
Now, for me this is even more of a reason to be cooking from scratch and making it simple for you at home. Knowing what youíre feeding your child at home is a good thing in my book, and if you do batch cooking itís fast, simple and real value for money.
In my next blog, Iím going to write about this subject, while providing a few simple recipes that always go down well with Luca. For us, itís important to know that when weíre both at work and time is short, weíve got quick meals we can prepare for Tyler and Luca in minutes when at home. Itís worked for us so far, and Iím hoping to share some of this with you.
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