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Nutrition

We believe meals and snack times are an opportunity for discovery, social interaction, learning… and fun! Mealtimes show children the value of enjoying food among friends and help them acquire healthy habits and lifelong skills. Our food-tasting sessions are a tasty way to discover new sensations.

Our varied menus have been created by a nutritionalist and provide balanced, high quality meals that children love to eat

Mealtimes take place under the watchful care of our staff so they become part of your child’s learning experience. Our caring staff help children to develop good manners, learn about hygiene and pick up essential life skills such as using cutlery. At Elephant Moon we’re passionate about healthy eating and promoting the value of a balanced diet. Parents can be reassured their children are offered their five-a-day through our meals and snacks while fresh water is available through the day so children stay hydrated.

We believe in delivering quality in everything we do. Our varied menus have been created by a nutritionist and provide balanced, high quality meals that our children love to eat. We’re proud that the Cheltenham day nursery has consistently been awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 5/5 from Gloucestershire County Council – the highest standard achievable.

All food is prepared freshly on the premises in our dedicated nursery kitchen by our in-house professional nursery cook. Our delicious, balanced meals contain organic fruit and vegetables as well as free-range meat (wherever possible).

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Typical menus

A choice of non-sugared cereals, milk and wholemeal toast are offered for breakfast. For lunch we always serve a freshly cooked, balanced hot meal accompanied by fresh vegetables. Our delicious puddings are always popular and include tasty treats such as apple crumble and freshly baked rice pudding – all made on the premises.

We ensure children are always offered their five-a-day. A choice of fresh and dried fruit is available at snack times, morning and afternoon; other snack options include breadsticks or rice cakes. We are more than happy to cater for special dietary requirements too. Babies are offered fresh organic fruit and vegetable puree during early weaning stages before moving on to the healthy nursery menu in pureed form.

Milk and water are offered to the children at every meal and snack time; fresh, water is always available throughout the day.

If you have any questions we’d be happy to answer them.

Please contact the Cheltenham Day Nursery on 01242 577779

As a first time mum I was feeling particularly anxious about sending my baby to nursey. I was recommended elephant moon by two sets of friends and I am so pleased that they did. They were absolutely great with me and my son. Always happy to talk me through anything I was worrying about before he started, they really made me feel relaxed and comfortable. My son loves going there for as well, he gets so much out of it and everyone is always so welcoming and friendly. I couldn't recommend highly enough

Carly Wheeler

Elephant Moon is a wonderful nursery for our little boy - he absolutely loves his days there, and it's great being sent photos and updates to let us know what he's up to. The team are caring, genuine, flexible and it is obvious that our son loves them! We couldn't ask for anything more. Thank you all!

Dom & Zoe Brown

Really fantastic nursery! Our daughter joined one year ago and she loves it. She’s developed so much since she started thanks to all of the wonderful practitioners. Different activities every day, really varied food menu and great communication. Can highly recommend!

Sophie Longley

I can't recommend Elephant Moon Nursery highly enough. They have cared for all three of my children with genuine affection, patience and care. All three left Elephant Moon feeling more than ready to embark on school and their teachers have commented on how well prepared they have been with regards their independence and knowledge (e.g. phonics, numbers and shapes), much of that is thanks to their time spent at Elephant Moon. Amanda is always flexible, accommodating and striving to keep the setting open come rain, shine, Covid or snow! During the time our children attended the setting, the team at Elephant Moon were like the helpful, reliable, family member we needed and we miss them all hugely!

Laura F

Fab nursery. I have been using Elephant Moon since 2014 and can't rate it highly enough. My eldest son transitioned into school so easily and my youngest, who still attends EM loves it. He even asks at weekends if he can go to nursery today!!!! The staff and management are all so lovely and approachable and the communication is brilliant!

Annabelle Wilkinson

Absolutely wonderful nursery. My daughter joined Jul 2020 after her previous setting closed due to covid and the team were wonderful, they really helped her settle during what was a difficult time and my daughter really thrived there. Cannot recommend enough. She's now in school but still talks about Elephant Moon!

Kara Willetts

I would highly recommend Elephant Moon nursery. The staff are all really friendly and helpful. They are very responsive to emails and calls so I can always get the guidance I need as a first time mum. My son loves it there. They do all the messy activities that I don’t find the time to do myself which I really appreciate. I love the daily updates I get and photos about what he is up to. Thank you for all your support.

Mel Durrant

I have two children who have attended Elephant Moon and I can’t have asked for more from a nursery setting. I have always been given detailed information about their activities every day - both through Tapestry and a daily diary - and all members of staff have been totally respectful of maintaining my children’s routine. I’ve been particularly impressed by the fact that both the staff who oversee the various rooms and the management are incredibly knowledgeable about every individual child which implies a real involvement in the children’s care. Most importantly, both of my children are happy, settled and confident and have developed innumerable social and academic skills thanks to their attendance at this setting. I can’t recommend Elephant Moon highly enough.

Ceri Moyers

Our child attended Elephant Moon for 3 years and loved it! They have an amazing team of staff that really care for the children and give them the best start in life. Highly recommend them for nursery and pre-school.

Kathryn Sargent

Really fantastic nursery! Our daughter joined one year ago and she loves it. She’s developed so much since she started thanks to all of the wonderful practitioners. Different activities every day, really varied food menu and great communication. Can highly recommend!

Sophie Longley

Both our daughters absolutely love the nursery setting and have always felt safe and supported by the team there. Our eldest has recently started school and the preparation at the pre-school has definitely shown in how well she has settled. Amanda and the rest of the team really do feel like an extension of family - a really special place where children thrive.

Clare Cook

This is a great nursery - it has such a great family feel. All the nursery staff seem to care and take a huge interest in the development of the children. We are kept up to date daily on our child’s learning and development journey. Both our children go to this nursery for a reason and they clearly love it.

Cath Wilford

We have used Elephant Moon for almost 5 years between our 2 children. The staff are a credit to the nursery and I would highly recommend this setting to anyone looking for a safe, nurturing and engaging environment for their child.

Laura Wasylkiw

We are so happy with this nursery. Our LO goes in so happily every time, and the communication is fantastic, even during the Covid restrictions, we felt in touch and aware of everything that was going on. The nursery staff are kind, caring and attentive.

Annalie Smith

Wonderful nursery and pre-school setting. Staff are so welcoming, attentive and caring. Our twin daughters thrived at this nursery and we could not recommend it enough.

nicola wallace

A wonderful nursery that go above and beyond to care for our child. Consistent and thorough lines of communication ensuring we are always kept in the loop. Cannot fault!

Samuel Tribe

Elephant Moon is a superb early years setting, all of the staff are fantastic and supportive. I could not recommend this business highly enough.

Nick Willetts