We will provide an information pack which contains all the information that you need to help you serve the meals swiftly to the children. We are always available to answer your questions.
We take all the stress out of mealtimes for Nursery staff. We do all the hard work planning menus to be yummy, engaging and to meet nutritional requirements for the children. You won’t have to invest in expensive catering equipment or worry about whether you have the space within your setting for a production kitchen. We have a team of chefs so there is contingency for unplanned sickness and holidays which can be tricky to manage when you have a single chef employed within a setting.
The best way to find out how great our meals are is to arrange a free, no obligation tasting session. We can come to your setting or you can join us at our Kitchen.
We cater for all dietary and cultural requirements in a really inclusive way. We always aim to provide a version of the standard menu dish that looks and feels the same for every child with specific requirements to enjoy. Our procedures ensure there is no cross contamination and all dietary alternatives are separately packed and clearly labelled to make it really easy for Nursery staff to identify at service. We work closely with Nurseries and Parents to understand the specifics needs of all children. If you have any questions, just drop us a message or give us a call.
The truth is you don’t know for sure! However, we have seen children transition from packed lunches to a more varied Little Lunches menu very smoothly and we believe that this is because our food is designed to be really engaging and fun as well as yummy and nutritious. The other factor that helps is the family style of dining where children all enjoy the same meals as their friends.
There is a lovely article in our news section from one of our nursery settings about the journey that they have had from packed lunches and teas to Little Lunches meal service. It’s really worth a read.
We cook the meals in the Little Lunches kitchen in the South Gyle area of Edinburgh. Meals are packed in gastronorm (catering style) trays and packed in thermoboxes which keep the food lovely and hot until service at lunchtime. Our friendly delivery drivers deliver the thermoboxes to our Nursery Settings ready for service.
All our hot meals arrive piping hot and ready to serve. All you have to do is keep the hot food in the thermoboxes provided until it’s time to serve lunch.
Our pricing structure is a unit cost per child per meal and is inclusive of delivery costs. The location of your Nursery setting therefore varies the price a little. Please contact us for more information.
We are able to provide lunch, afternoon tea or both depending on what your requirements are. The minimum order for hot lunches is x15 portions. This is to ensure that the thermoboxes are sufficiently packed to perform optimally for hot holding during the delivery period.
As a Nursery already engaged in serving food to children, you will already be familiar with some food safety regulations. Using Little Lunches as your meal provider makes things much simpler form a regulatory perspective. All you have to do is check the temperature of our hot food items before service to ensure they are above 63 degrees celsius. We sometimes ask you to check cold food items to allow us to monitor the performance of our thermoboxes.
When we deliver your meals, we take away the prior day’s empty trays and boxes and return them to the Little Lunches kitchen for re-use. All we ask is that you have cleaned and dried them before handing back to us.
We would love to help you with that. Please contact us to find out about our temporary / short term contracts.
We deliver the food daily before 12 noon.
We cater for all dietary and cultural requirements in a really inclusive way. We always aim to provide a version of the standard menu dish that looks and feels the same for every child with specific requirements to enjoy. We work closely with Nurseries and Parents to understand the specifics of your child’s needs. If you have any questions, just drop us a message or give us a call.
We know first-hand how difficult it can be when your child is going through a picky eating phase. The natural parental response is often to reduce the range of foods offered to mirror what we as parents think they are most likely to eat.
The Nursery setting, in amongst peer groups is a really great environment to offer a broader range of foods to more cautious eaters. The family style of dining can be really useful to encourage good eating habits as children are often reassured when they see their friends eating the less familiar foods.
We write our menus with food engagement in mind and we always try to include a little dose of fun in our meals to help with this. If you have any concerns at all about your child’s transition to the Little Lunches menu, we encourage you to speak to your Nursery setting.
Our menu follows the Setting the Table nutritional guidance and food standards for early years childcare providers in Scotland. All our menus are accredited by the Early Years Nutrition Partnership, an independent organisation led by the Early Years Alliance with support from the British Nutrition Foundation. Through the rigourous accreditation process, we are assigned our own expert nutritionist who specialises in early years nutrition, with whom we work very closely to ensure our meals meet all the requirements for our little ones.
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It’s great to hear that you love the idea of our service! We think you should go and tell your Nursery provider that Little Lunches is something you would love your child to have at their Nursery and ask them to give us a call.
How nurseries choose to manage the cost of the lunch service will be individual to each nursery. Please contact your nursery to find out how this affects you.