Annabel Karmel pledges to change the face of Early Years food in the UK

The fallout from Covid-19 has been catastrophic for the nursery and early years sector – and those that serve it.  How can the Yum Yum Food Company support nurseries in the short, medium and long term?

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Yum Yum Food Company has kept its doors firmly open to support settings with children of key workers, as well as entire communities.  In fact, over the last three months, we’ve partnered with local charities to cook and deliver tens of thousands of nutritious hot meals to vulnerable individuals and families.

But now comes a new phase. As nurseries and primary schools re-open, it is important that caterers like ourselves adopt a flexible approach to serving the needs of early years settings and schools.

Undoubtedly, nurseries will have suffered during the pandemic. And with social distancing measures likely to remain in place for some time yet, how can nurseries ensure that they are providing the children in their care with cost-effective quality food offering – particularly when settings may be operating with fewer children, and fewer experienced kitchen staff?

Trying to re-build your business at a time when uncertainty remains, it’s never been more important to have an efficient, flexible food procurement system, and a menu that reduces waste and enables you to accurately cost your meals without compromising on taste, presentation or nutritional quality.

The Yum Yum Food Company has an incredible infrastructure in place to support early years settings, whether you are catering for 10 or 110.  We have a bespoke ordering system in place to allow settings to easily order the correct meal quantities based on the number of children they are catering for each day.  And with nursery teams able to easily change quantities of meals 48 hours prior to delivery, this helps with day to day cost management and also reduces wastage.

We also specialise in catering for children with allergies and intolerances. Our custom-built, efficient online ordering system that ensures every child, no matter what their requirement, receives the correct meal to meet their needs.

Our best-in-class menus run on a 3-week rotation to ensure they are packed with variety, and we offer both hot lunch and hot tea options, from creamy beef stroganoff and mango chicken to fruity vegetable curry and courgette and carrot cake. Believe it or not, most children are actually more adventurous than we give them credit for, and we’ve spent countless months taste-testing our menus to ensure they stand up to the fussiest of food critics.

Right now, we appreciate that many nurseries and primary schools will not have the capacity to cook on site. Our fresh food delivery service is designed to help you streamline and simplify your offering. We remove the challenges faced around kitchen labour costs, space, resource, time and food expertise which can all impact on the nutritional quality of food being served.

Working with Annabel Karmel – the UK’s No.1 children’s cookery author and trusted food expert – we bring a level of expertise, trust and credibility that parents are looking for as their children settle back into a new routine.

Quite simply, the Yum Yum Food Company can help put good food at the heart of your offering.  Plus, all of our customers are provided with access to a marketing toolkit which comes with a host of promotional assets to download and print off for notice boards and parent email communication; posters, flyers, branded menus, photography, recipe cards for parents to cook my expert recipes at home, and more.

Whether you’re looking for a short, medium, or long-term food solution to support your nursery or primary school, talk to us about how we can provide a tailored, cost-effective offering to support your setting. Find out more here.