Our kitchen

Meet Carol the Cook

"The children always get excited when they hear the 'chinking' noise - it means it’s Dinner Time and Carol the Cook and her trolley are on their way laden with tasty home cooked food to enjoy!"

“Hi I’m Carol and I have worked for 15 enjoyable years as cook at Woodlands Day Nursery. The best bit about my job is the positive feedback and smiles of contentment I get from the children – it makes it a pleasure to cook for them all!

Although my job satisfaction is high there is a lot of preparation that goes on behind the scenes to ensure your children always get a variety of healthy and nutritious home cooked food for lunch and tea. The nursery works with an independant nutritionist to ensure that your child receives a well balanced meal. The team and I are always on the look-out for new recipes to tantalise their taste buds, but we ensure that the children’s favourite meals make regular appearances on our menu, which runs on a two week cycle and changes every three months.

If your child is a vegetarian or has special dietary requirements you are invited to come and meet with me to talk through their needs. And even if they can’t eat certain foods I still like to prepare their food to looks the same as the other children’s, even if behind the scenes it may be made in a slightly different way – I feel it’s worth going that extra mile so no child feels they are getting something completely different at meal times.

Our food has an abundance of colour to catch your child’s eye and encourage them to eat; there will also be a variety of tastes and smells in our weekly menu and always a good balance of fruit and vegetables. Quality local food is what we offer your child, Cook & Butcher supply all our meat and our fruit and vegetables come from Covent Garden. In the summer months I also make good use of the lovely vegetables that the children help to grow in our vegetable patch and it is always a delight for them when they realise they are eating their own food.

So what’s on the menu? Wholemeal bread, wraps, tacos through to curries and traditional stews there is a great range of freshly prepared delicious home-cooked food that your child will look forward to eating. And if your child comes home and said they really enjoyed their meal, come and see me and I will be happy to give you the recipe!

The Food Information for Consumers Regulation law changed on 13th December 2014 and to this end Carol has undergone accredited online training and has received her level 2 Award in Food Allergen Awareness for Childcare.

Don’t forget to drop by and see me when you come in for a visit!