Our Nutritional Background

We understand the importance food and nutrition bears upon the health and wellbeing of children. Setting good nutritional values and standards early on in a child’s life will influence their knowledge, behaviour and attitudes towards healthy eating. Healthy bodies and minds are vital and it’s imperative children eat the right foods for growth and development. Tests have proven that early years healthy eating means children go on to make healthy food choices throughout their lives.


Meet Sergio of Nursery Chef

Our fantastic chef Sergio holds an NVQ level 2 in Food Safety & Catering. Sergio also brings a wealth of cheffing experience. All meals and snacks are prepared freshly, each day and directly on the premises of our nursery. We strongly believe in the provision of home cooked, delicious meals whilst encouraging children to take a healthy interest in food. Our nursery garden is a wonderful space for children to plant, grow and harvest food which is then used in our meals.


Table Manners, Dietary & Activities

We always encourage children to practice good table manners. Each child uses cutlery whilst helping themselves from serving dishes before scraping their own plates once finished. We endorse table patience before starting, advocate eating with mouths closed and promote elbows off the table; all the qualities you as parents teach at home. 

Children enjoy breakfast, a two course lunch and Tea with us at nursery. We do recommend children have another meal once home with family. Our menus are changed seasonally on a four week rotation and are checked and adjusted by an external executive chef and nutritionist. For our babies under the age of one, staff work closely with parents and carers ensuring individual feeding routines are consistent with home.

Children are provided with water and milk during the day. Full fat milk is served for under 2’s and semi skimmed for those over 2. Nutritional milk values include calcium, protein, vitamin A and Zinc. Drinking water is available at all times and we recommend children drink between 6-8 glasses a day. Professionals suggest we do not serve squash or fruit juices as they are of low nutritional value and encourage children’s liking for sweet tastes whilst filling them up between meals.

Cooking activities are a popular part of nursery life. Blossom Lodge children thoroughly enjoy taking part in food tasting sessions. We celebrate different cultures and festivals whilst learning about and discovering foods from around the world.

We operate a nut free policy and Sergio is qualified in catering for your child’s specific dietary needs including:

• Weaning Foods
• Gluten Free
• Dairy Free
• Allergen Free
• Vegetarian
• Vegan


Food Hygiene & Allergen Training

Each and every member of our team is trained and has annual refresher courses on Food Hygiene and Allergen Training. We are inspected regularly by environmental health receiving ‘goods’ across all areas. Our nursery has been awarded a Five Food Hygiene Rating.

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Blossom Lodge Day Nursery FAQs

How do I arrange a viewing of the nursery?

It’s straightforward to book a visit at Blossom Lodge Day Nursery in Cheltenham. Our team is more than happy to show you around each of the rooms and our facilities whilst answering any questions. Book a visit here, directly through the nursery website, call us on 01242 525374 or even just pop in.

Do you offer any extended hours?

Our day nursery aims to provide the very best in care whilst working around your childcare needs. With this in mind, the answer is yes, we provide extended hours. We offer an early start at 7.30am and a late collection of 6.30pm. Extended hours can be booked as part of your weekly sessions or on an ad hoc basis.

How many staff will look after my child?

In line with statutory requirements the following staff to child ratios apply:

  • 0-1 years is 1 member of staff for every 3 children
  • 1-2 years is 1 member of staff for every 3 children
  • 2-3 years is 1 member of staff for every 4 children
  • 3-5 years is 1 member of staff for every 8 children

Do you offer settling in sessions?

Yes absolutely. Every child is offered a settling in session that takes place two weeks before their actual start date. Children usually attend between 2-4 settling in sessions depending upon age. During the initial session you will stay with your child and spend time together meeting staff and discussing specific needs and routines. Settling in sessions after the first depends on age, booking pattern and how your child adapts to nursery. This will of course be discussed with you prior to arranging suitable dates together.

Can I use Government funded hours at Blossom Lodge?

Yes, every 3 and 4 year old child can claim 15 hours of funded nursery education. This increases to 30 hours based upon eligibility and begins from the term after their third birthday. Some 2 year old children may also qualify for the funded 15 hours and this is based upon meeting certain criteria. For further information parents can call and we will be happy to discuss how funded childcare is applied at our Cheltenham based nursery.

Do you allow payments through the Tax Free Childcare Scheme?

Yes, we are registered to accept payments through the Tax Free Childcare Scheme. To learn more about how the Tax Free Childcare Scheme supports families visit Childcare Choices.

Do I need to pay extra for meals and snacks?

Meals and snacks are included within fees so you are not required to pay extra. Our menus are healthy, consisting of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and tea. If your child has specific dietary requirements or is a 'fussy' eater, our team will work with you ensuring your child's needs are met. Unfortunately due to allergies within the nursery we are unable to accept food or packed lunches brought in to replace our menu.

What else is included in your nursery fees?

Included in our day nursery fees are nappies, wet wipes and nappy creams. Cow's milk is provided for children over the age of 1 but we do ask parents to provide any formula milk required throughout the day.

Do you have a car park and pushchair storage?

You will find our car park to the rear of the day nursery building. This is for parents to access alongside a pushchair storage cupboard if required. Here you can leave pushchairs and car seats whilst your child is in nursery.

Do you offer any discounts on your nursery fees?

At Blossom Lodge Day Nursery we offer the following discounts:

  • 10% NHS employee discount
  • Discounted daily rate for full time places
  • 10% Sibling discount for the youngest child*

*Please note this will not apply if the older child is in receipt of Government Funded Hours.

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