The food served at Hatfield Montessori is mainly vegetarian and aims to be nutritious and balanced. As part of a child’s education, it is essential as early as possible to guide them towards making healthy eating choices which will set habits for life. This is our nutritional approach at Hatfield Montessori preschool.
Adventurous tasting of new fruits at snack time happens when the children watch what the others eat; hence, they will try. The children from the school’s vegetable garden harvest vegetables, fruits and herbs, and they are free to taste them during morning and afternoon snack time.
We aim to develop an appreciation of a healthy diet. A dietician has checked the menu and recipes we use to ensure that food consumed at school has balanced nutrients. Naturally, it depends on the food consumed at home also being healthy and balanced for the child to be receiving an ideal diet.
The children are actively involved in growing seasonal vegetables in the garden. These are offered as part of the daily diet, either during morning snack time or at lunchtime.
Often by growing their own vegetable children develop good nutrition habits, are more willing to try new tastes and gain an understanding of where food comes from.
Good food choices are extended to birthday celebrations where the parents supply a fruit platter rather than a birthday cake.