• Cook With Us

  • Our parents often comment that children seem to enjoy school meals but refuse point-blank to touch the same dish at home. Baffling as it looks to be at first sight, there might be an explanation for this confusing phenomenon.

    Let’s End Your Mealtime Battles together Seaward Style!

    Here you will find some of our favourite recipes, which you can use to cook at home. We won’t be offended if you improvise and substitute an ingredient or two. We will be delighted to hear about your culinary experiments and their outcomes.

    Not only you can download the recipes, please also help yourselves to our free guides to assist you in navigating the mealtime turbulence.

    Good Luck!

  • Enrol Your Child at Seaward.

  • Browse our Recipes (PDFs Coming Soon)

  • Secret Child
    Approved Classics

    Golden Veggie Shepherd’s Pie
    Creamy Spinach and Feta Macaroni and Cheese
    Tomato and Lentil Lasagne

  • Beyond the
    Fish Fingers

    Fish Pie with Sweet Potato Topping
    Salmon and Mackerel Fish Cakes
    Herby Pilchard Pasta

  • Love & Spice
    & Everything Nice

    Lamb Tagine with Lemon Couscous
    Chickpea Curry with Garlic Butter Muffins
    Black Bean Vegetable Burritos with Mexican Rice

  • Fast-Food
    Makeovers

    Kid Pleasing Sloppy Joes
    Honey Chicken Noodle Stir Fry
    Mama Corleone’s Spaghetti with Sausage

  • Sweets to Blow Away
    Their Tiny Minds

    Vegan Banana Muffins with Date and Soft Cheese Frosting
    Cocoa and Beetroot Cake
    Cinnamon and Cranberry Oat Bars

  • Fancy
    Made Easy

    Chicken A La Gloria
    Tagliatelle Al Ragu
    Butternut Squash Risotto

  • Seaward Make It Better Guide to Eating Supper (and anything at all!) or Meals without Squeals!

    We all have seen picky eaters and already know the signs when the tiny treasures dislike a meal: a blank stare, a turned-up nose, the plate pushed away.

    Instead of getting frustrated and falling into the trap of battling the wills (which you will never win, by the way), please try this new tactic.

  • Enquire: “How can we make this better?”

    This simple question will work like magic. A new line of communication between you and your child will open and give him or her a feeling of pleasant and unexpected control.

  • It also will take the pressure off you, since you won’t have to guess what they want — which changes frequently, anyway.

    Clever Phrasing is key. Instead of being negative — like, “Why don’t you like it?” — a positive attitude allows for constructive problem-solving and innovative solutions that you now generate as a friendly team.

  • Here are some common complaints (sometimes described by a child but mostly suspected by us) and a few time tested solutions:

    • My food is too hot.

      Solution: Put the plate in the fridge for a few minutes or add ice to hot soup. Otherwise make a cheerful request to “blow on it to cool it”!

    • It is too cold.

      Solution: A few minutes in the oven will help.

    • It is too crunchy.

      Solution: Simple. Fork crush vegetables or add a sauce or spread (We suspect they simply find it too boring and time-consuming to chew).

    • The food is boring or plain.

      This is when children look positively apathetic and unenthusiastic.
      Solution: Remedy the situation by adding a dip such hummus, guacamole, mild salsa or a yogurt-based tzatziki. A dollop of dip adds tang and fun. Use “sprinkles” to add pizzazz to their plates: flax seeds, fresh mint, shredded coconut, nutritional yeast, cinnamon, shredded Parmesan or cheddar cheese.

    • The plate has… (fill in the blank) on it, and I don't like it.

      Solution: Tricky. Something as simple as a speck of green parsley or a bit of diced red pepper can be threatening enough to ruin an entire dish for a child. Give permission to put the offending stuff to the side of the plate (or even in the bin if this helps).

    • It is too creamy (most often we hear “yukky”, sorry).

      Solution: Add texture to soup or sauce with panko breadcrumbs, croutons, granola or diced vegetables.

  • Be warned: The solution that works today may not work a week later.
    However, the question “How can we make this better?” will always lead to some answer, save you from painful mealtime experiences and ensure everybody remains relatively happy.

  • A few points to wrap this up:

    1. Avoid forcing children to eat.
      Pressure doesn’t work. Ever.
    2. Eat with your children.
      At the table. With cutlery. We do. Make meals a Family Priority and avoid eating on the run. 
    3. Eat the Foods You Want Your Children to Love.
      Eat green vegetables, yes. Serve them regularly and make them look appealing. Invite your child’s favourite soft toy to partake in the meal. Walk the talk. Rave about how good the food tastes and how strong and smart it will make everyone.
    4. Create an Ambiance for Meal Times.
      No TV. Play music. Hold a conversation.
    5. Be Realistic about table manners. 
      They take time to develop.
  • Seaward No Nonsense Guide To Family-Style Dining

  • We all whip up macaroni and cheese on occasion and call it dinner. (Hey, life is busy.) But no matter the level of our busy-ness, we can find an occasion here or there to sit down and have a meal together.

  • The next time that happens, try practicing the Seaward rituals of family-style dining with your two- or four-year olds and watch them becoming savvy dinner companions right before your eyes! Here’s how:

  • Setting the Table.
    We understand that you usually set the table yourself to avoid giving your child weapons…

    Try this instead: Trust them with a few spoons and blunt knives to be placed one at each spot at the table.

    Serving Food.
    We usually rush home from work and try to keep dinnertime moving along by plating food in a rush in the kitchen…

    Try this instead: On occasion place the food in bowls in the middle of the table. Provide a large serving spoon and watch your child proudly spooning up her own dinner.

    Passing Food.
    If you usually serve each person yourself…

    Try this instead: Ask your child to pass the serving spoon to somebody else at the table. Better yet, hold a plate for him while he serves everyone a heaping pile of anything. This can be fun

  • Seaward Very Brief Guide to Trying New Meals

  • After an exhausting day of working and parenting, dealing with your child’s frowny face at dinnertime as she stares down at a new veggie on her plate is most unwelcome.

  • Fear not. Here is our tried-and-true method for getting children to try something new! We swear by it. So here’s how:

  • Be enthusiastic!
    Stir in adventure, and you’ve got the recipe for an adventurous eater. Children get excited about trying new foods, especially when they see their heroes (real and imaginary) enjoying it. Use playdates to introduce culinary novelties (and a dish you know his friend likes, of course).

    “Just One Bite.”
    Ask them to try just one bite—just one. Or smell the new food. Or just touch a thing, come to think of it… Even better, make it an in-house rule! Most Seaward children end up liking something that they weren’t sure about at the beginning of the meal. 

    Keep at It!
    We tend to ignore “no”. However, being overly pushy is counterproductive. The taste buds are developing and the palates are constantly changing.   A few months down the road will bring the difference. Just serve a dish again and again—and they might end up liking it on the 20th try.

  • News & Updates

    • Sign Up Now

      Sign Up for E-mail Updates and The Seaward Times Newsletters

    Please read our GDPR Privacy Notice

  • Share Your Seaward Story

    If you're a Seaward family, share your experience with us!
    We are honored by the trust our families place in us every day by allowing us to teach and care for their children. We are proud of our community of dozens of families and teachers who share our goals and values of working together to help children meet and fulfill their potential.
  • Contact Us

    Our postal address and contact details
    • Address

      61 Seaward Avenue
      Bournemouth
      Dorset BH6 3SJ

    • Phone & E-mail

      Phone: 01202 424655
      hello@seawarddaynursery.co.uk

    • Opening Hours

      Monday – Friday
      8.30 am – 5.30 pm
      (Closed Weekends, Bank Holidays and for one week between Christmas and New Year)

    • Sessions

      Mornings, 8.30 am – 1.00 noon
      Afternoons, 1.00 pm – 5.30 pm
      School Day, 8.30 am – 3.30 pm
      Full Day, 8.30 am – 5.30 pm

    We offer Term Time or All Year Round attendance options.