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More awareness of this is needed
'A child has been knocked over in the outdoor area and bumped his head ... '.
Food is not just a fuel, but a factor in social relationships and personal attitudes, as Dr Maria Robinson finds in a typical case at nurseries.
Emma Comer and Meg Smith of Tall Trees Kindergarten make the case for organic milk.
Serving meat at nursery doesn't have to cost the earth - if you know which cuts to buy and what to do with them, says Mary Whiting.
For toddlers, mealtimes are a chance to show off their communication and physical skills and to learn new ones, but creating a relaxed environment is vital, says Anne O'Connor.
WINNER: RED HEN DAY NURSERY, LOUTH, LINCOLNSHIRE
'... my child has a fever, but there's no rash, so at least she doesn't have meningitis ...'
Fresh food provision takes pride of place at a nursery where mealtimes are a social occasion, as Karen Faux hears.
For a nursery on a budget - or any nursery that wishes to serve good healthy food - pulses can be a godsend, writes Mary Whiting
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