The foundations of lifelong dietary habits are laid down in early childhood. At Villa Bloom, we recognise the importance of diet and aim to do our best to contribute to healthy eating and drinking habits. This means not only eating healthy food but also involving the children in preparing meals and growing fruit and vegetables in our own vegetable garden. Healthy food combined with the fun of preparing meals and sitting down to eat together all contribute to a positive attitude to nutrition and improve the quality of the children’s diet.
At Villa Bloom, lunch is always a healthy hot meal. The meals are provided by Moekes Maaltijd. Moekes Maaltijd is specialised in childcare catering and the ingredients are 95% organic. Naturally, we also take into account any food allergies children may have as well as any dietary requirements of a religious nature. Moekes can also prepare vegetarian and vegan meals.
In addition to the hot meal, the children eat fresh seasonal fruit in the morning at 9 AM, a healthy snack (bread/crackers and yoghurt/milk)at 3.00 PM and 5.15 PM in the afternoon another healthy snack such as tomatoes, cucumber, paprika, carrots.
Safety and hygiene
Whenever parents trust the care of their child to one another, safety and hygiene are very important. The Villa Bloom premises meet all the legal standards and requirements of both the Dutch fire department and the council’s health services. All our employees are carefully selected and specially trained and take their responsibilities as child carers very seriously. The toys, play areas and other spaces at Villa Bloom are safe and hygienic and all staff know exactly what to do in the event of illness or accidents. The GGD (Community Health Services) inspects the inventory of risks annually.
Because Villa Bloom takes care of children from the age that they have not yet (completely) completed the national vaccination program and are therefore susceptible to contagious diseases that can be serious, Villa Bloom sets the condition for care that all children participate in the national vaccination program or an equivalent program of the country of origin. Villa Bloom recognizes that this does not completely rule out the risk of contamination, but is of the opinion that this does significantly reduce that risk. This policy has been drawn up taking into account the recommendations from the report “Prikken for each other” of the Childcare and Vaccination Committee of 1 July 2019, the advice of 11 March 2019 of the Council of State in response to the private member’s bill on this subject, and after consultation with the parent committee.
Villa Bloom ensures that the children in her care actually participate in this program by requesting vaccination certificates at the appropriate times. Villa Bloom respects the parents’ choice (still) not to participate in the national vaccination program, but in that case will terminate the agreement with regard to those children.