Involving Families in Menu Planning

Involving Families in Menu Planning 

Many families are to keen to know that the meals you provide in the setting are nutritious and healthy. Here are some top tips!

  • Consider displaying new menus where families can see them in the setting or send them out with newsletters or via email.
  • Parents and children will also have some really good meal ideas so why not try involving them when you are writing your menus. Ask for regular feedback on the meals you provide and ways you could improve them.
  • When a child starts at the setting, gather some information about what their foods likes are so you can add these on the menu if they are ones that most of the children enjoy or will enjoy.
  • Hold an open session where by parents/carers can come in and chat with the cook
  • Hold tasting sessions so families can try some of the meals you are going to add to your menu.
  • Promote the up and coming seasonal menus and ask if anyone grows the fruit and vegetables that could contribute. There is always someone who can’t get rid of that excess mint, beans, or lettuces they’ve grown!
  • Have a Recipe Post Box appear now and again with forms for families to fill in to generate ideas. This way your menus may reflect more of a cultural mix. For example, have a small form which people can hand in:
If you've a healthy recipe that your child loves to eat, let us know!
Childs Name:
Your Name: (to contact you on how to make it!)
What is the meal / snack called?

Any additional info: (website, Gluton free etc)

  • Do a themed week, inviting children to bring in a family recipe they love. These could be tweaked and included on future menu planning and promote who’s family member they came from, e.g ‘Tom’s Tomato Soup!’
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