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At Red Balloon we believe children should eat a wholesome, balanced diet.

Our healthy and nutritious meals are home-cooked on site using fresh produce. All our meat and poultry is sourced from local producers and suppliers and is of exceptional quality. We always use free range eggs and organic milk supplied by West Horsley Dairies.


As a nursery we believe that we have an ideal opportunity to help every child eat well, enjoy a varied diet and establish healthy eating habits to take with them into their school years. We follow the Children’s Food Trust voluntary guidelines - Eat Better, Start Better - in order to provide healthy, balanced and nutritious food and drink. Encouraging children to eat well and learn about food in their early years not ony protects their health when they are young, but also sets the foundations for their future health and wellbeing. 

The cultural background and dietary requirements of every child is fully respected and we work with parents to ensure that their child’s individual needs are catered for.

At Red Balloon we enjoy mealtimes as happy, social and relaxed occasions. Breakfast is served between 08.00 and 08.30, lunch at 12.00 and tea at 16.30. Children are offered a mid-morning and a mid-afternoon snack comprising for example home-baked biscuits and fruit.

Children are encouraged to try different things and to develop good table manners. We introduce children to tastes of different cultures and encourage them to develop their own culinary skills in regular cooking sessions.

Red Balloon is a tooth-friendly nursery. ‘Stop the Rot’ aims to prevent as much tooth decay in your child as possible. We promote good dental health by minimising sugar in our menu, offering healthy snack choices and cleaning teeth after meals. Good habits last a lifetime.

We are proud to hold a Food Hygiene Rating of 5, Very Good, the highest achievable score.