Learning through play
At Chunky Monkeys Day Nursery we have the following initiative to help children understand how to and be able to
Chunky Monkeys has grown and will continue to nurture its very own herb, fruit and vegetable Garden. Along with the fun of getting dirty, gardening helps children learn valuable lessons about patience as they wait for vegetables to grow, responsibility as they see how necessary their care is to the garden, and even loss when flowers die at the end of a season. One of the most important aspects of gardening is it enables children to learn about where food comes from. It can also broaden a child’s acceptance of healthy foods – as children are more likely to eat it if they grow it themselves!
Baking is a well-known favorite activity among children. They naturally want to help participate in practical life activities. It’s for this reason Chunky Moneys Day Nursery has incorporated baking exercises into our curriculum. On a weekly basis our nursery assistants model how to slice, mix, pour and scoop the ingredients and then invites children to have a turn. They sing songs to keep the children engaged and offer sensorial stimulation by offering the children to smell and taste the ingredients. Clearing up time is also a fun and enjoyable exercise!
We have created a 3-week seasonal menu, which is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure variety at meal times. We provide a variety of healthy food choices during meals and snacks and encourage children to try new foods. Our menu offers limited fried foods and more fruits, veggies – many of which are grown in Chunky Monkeys very own vegetable garden, whole grains, lean meats, beans and legumes. We use free-range organic produce where possible; including our milk and eggs.
It is widely believed that if children are part of the growing and cooking process – they are more likely to eat it!!! At Chunky Monkeys Day Nursery we recognise our influence on children’s food intake and eating behaviour and we encourage our children to sit down at the table and share food together.
Infant Feeding: Chunky Monkeys supports parents’ decisions about infant feeding. We will follow your detailed instructions around feeding your baby formula or expressed milk. We also support the baby led weaning approach to feeding.