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Mealtime at melimelo is an important part in the learning process. 

During meals, we encourage exploration and motivate children to try different foods. However, we never force a child to eat to maintain a positive relationship with food and mealtime.

Babies have individual rhythms and needs, so meals are not all served at the same time for everyone. Until they can sit independently, children are seated on an adult's lap or in a baby seat during mealtime. Once a child can sit on their own, they are provided with an appropriate chair.

We encourage children to feed themselves and explore foods using their fingers or a spoon. If a child is sleeping or showing signs of tiredness during mealtime, their meal will be adjusted accordingly, prioritizing their need for rest.

Breakfast is typically served between 7:30 and 8:00. A fruit snack is offered around 9:00. The midday meal is generally served between 11:30 and 12:15, depending on the groups. A final snack is provided in the afternoon around 16:00.

All meals are prepared on-site by our in-house chef.


For infants under 12 months, parents have the option to bring their own food from home if they prefer to continue their child's specific dietary plan.

We strive to create a positive and nourishing mealtime experience, fostering healthy eating habits and a sense of autonomy for the children in our care.

Fourchette verte

melimelo is proudly certified with the Fourchette verte label 

The Swiss Fourchette verte Federation was created in 1999. It is supported by Promotion Santé Suisse (Health Promotion Switzerland).

melimelo is proudly certified with the Fourchette verte label. This label guarantees that children benefit from a balanced diet and must follow several criteria.

Fourchette verte for young children (from 1 to 4 years old) follows the recommendations of the Swiss food pyramid. In order for melimelo to receive the label, we must offer varied, healthy, balanced menus and snacks. The label is not limited to just food: it ensures compliance with the hygiene-related and sort waste legislation.

Meals frequency and daily portions size are determined according to the recommendations from the Société suisse de Nutrition SSN (Swiss Nutrition Society). Quantities really absorbed by children will depend on their satiety degree and their development stage.

At melimelo our in-house chef prepares varied menus and offers a wide range of meals in a way that make children curious to discover new flavors. A qualitative balance of the menus is provided by carefully selected products:

  • Fats in limited quantity and of good nutritional quality

  • Foods rich in fibers and protective elements

  • High-energy foods rich in carbohydrates

  • Milk products

  • Building and repairing foods rich in protein

  • Deserts and snacks of good quality


Find out more on the Fourchette verte website.


Feel free to reach out any time – we look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you have! 


rue des marchandises 3

2502 Biel/Bienne


+41 (0) 32 322 36 32

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday: 6.45 - 18.30

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