Our team comprises of qualified staff of various levels from level 2 up to 5. We have staff who have extra qualifications and specialise in areas such as development, behaviour and safeguarding. Our staff have a wealth of experience in childcare .

The senior management team alone  at Fernbank have a total of 66 years’ qualified experience in childcare.



All our staff are First Aid trained especially for 0-7 year olds and also have food hygiene certificates.

We encourage staff to continue their training on various courses and feed back to the staff.We have officers for safe guarding children, special needs and the foundation stage.

As the nursery provides food we have full time catering staff to enable us to provide fresh food daily and cater for special dietary needs if required.



Our menus are changed seasonally. We have a comprehensive nutrition policy and food management.

Local butchers and greengrocers are used to supply fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and fish, this is to ensure we know the food is top quality. We are able to cater for most dietary requirements and have a vegetarian option as standard.

We cater for our babies by pureeing suitable foods and working closely with parents on developing their baby's diet.

We also provide breakfast which consists of a choice of non- sugared cereals, porrldge and toasted breads with a variety of toppings.

We offer a variety of foods for morning afternoon snacks. The children are able to access water throughout the day, and on option of milk or fresh fruit juice at breakfast.


Below is printed a sample menu of lunches and teas, to give an idea of the menu we provide.

  Snack Lunch Tea
Day 1


Fresh fruit


Toasted current teacake

Haddock in parsley sauce with new

potatoes and broccoli

Treacle sponge with custard

Pitta bread pockets

served with grated cheese

and carrots, lettuce, peppers 

and onion

Day 2 


Cheese scones


Fresh fruit

Pasta spirals in a medlterranean

vegetable tomato sauce with


Homemade raspberry ripple ice


Sausage with roasted parsnips
Day 3


Fresh fruit


Vegetable platter with dips

Chicken curry with rice 

Fromage frais

Beef stew with Yorkshire puddings
Day 4




Fresh fruit

Shepherds pie with cabbage and

cut green beans

Banana with custard

Homemade tomato soup with

sliced bread

Day 5


Fresh fruit


Toast with a choice of


Quiche with carrots and swede

with cheese sauce

Blackcurrent mousse

Baked beans on toast

All foods are cooked freshly from scratch In the nurseries. Children also help make bread, scones etc. for snacks.



We promote politeness and good manners. Staff  eat with the children to promote good table manners. Also we encourage an awareness of the community in which they come from and a respect for others and their things.