Temporary Cover Service

15th June 2022

As well as our permanent contracts, we are also able to offer short-term cover to nurseries who usually deal with their catering in-house.
This is a service for nurseries who find themselves in a situation where their cook, or other staff involved in food preparation, are absent and they need a quick, easy, short-term solution to covering mealtimes. This is something that we are seeing more of at the moment due to staff shortages in the catering sector. We now have a number of nurseries using our service on a temporary basis as they go through the recruitment process.

If you do find yourself in need of temporary meal provision for whatever reason, please feel free to give our Client Services team a call or drop us an email as we may be able to help.

The most unique aspect of our service is just how easy it is. Once we have confirmed that we deliver to your area, we provide you with a log-in for our online ordering system, ZOO (Zebedees Online Ordering) and you simply need to enter how many standard meals you require each day plus any cultural and/or dietary meals. 

Our food arrives each morning in catering tins, transported inside special thermoport boxes that keep our meals hot until lunchtime. You simply remove the lids, check and record the temperature using a thermometer provided by us, dish up and serve. That is all there is to it!

Our delivery is very compact and the boxes are stackable and easy to store. We collect the empty boxes when we deliver the following day.  As we provide complete, cooked meals, we also save nursery staff time on other areas of meal provision, such as meal planning and shopping. 

Our menus are nutritionally analysed to ensure that they meet minimum standards for iron, zinc, carbohydrate, protein, fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and calcium and maximum levels for sodium, NME sugars, fat and energy. We also work with the baby & child nutritionist, Charlotte Stirling-Reed who assesses our menus to ensure we are not only meeting the recommended Government Guidelines for Menus for Early Years Settings, but that we are going above and beyond these guidelines to achieve a standard of excellence in early years nutrition. So you can reassure parents that their children will continue to receive a freshly cooked, balanced diet whenever we provide catering for your nursery.

Our lunch menus run on a 3 weekly cycle and can be viewed here. We can also supply optional extras such as afternoon teas, fruit, veg and salad boxes and frozen baby purees.

If you think we may be able to help or you would like more information regarding temporary cover please call our Client Services Team on 01323 811307 or email info@zebedees.co.uk

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