Nutrition & Meals

Establishing good eating habits is an essential part of healthy development in young children. We particularly recognise that the education and care setting plays a key role in teaching children to learn and develop a positive attitude towards food and healthy eating.

Our service provides 5 meals at designated times throughout the day. Meals differ each week and alternate through some of the examples below:

  • A variety of cereals served with fresh milk
  • Under 12 Months – Rice cereal and/or pureed fruit
  • Toast platter served with freshly cut seasonal fruit
  • Under 12 Months – Rice cereal and/or pureed fruit
  • Cow’s milk (Soy milk, Lactose Free milk or Rice Milk can be served to children upon request of the family)
  • A hot meal is prepared daily (beef, chicken, tuna, ham and vegetarian meals available)
  • Under 12 Months – All foods will be modified to the required texture of the individual children (E.g. pureed vegetables, fruit, rice and pasta)
  • Cheese, crackers
  • Dried fruit and yogurt, served with freshly cut seasonal fruit
  • Cow’s milk (Soy milk, Lactose Free milk or Rice Milk can be served to children upon request of the family)
  • Under 12 Months – All foods will be modified to the required texture of the individual children (E.g. pureed vegetables and fruit)
  • Variety of sandwiches

Menu

Our 4-weekly menu is designed to ensure that there is a balance of nutritional ingredients from all food groups offered throughout the day. Each menu is planned, incorporated and evaluated in conjunction with families and educators while taking into account the recommendations outlined in the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Five Food Groups and requirements under the National Law.

Our Menu:

  • Autumn/Winter Menu is served between March and August
  • Spring/Summer Menu is served between September and February
  • Fresh seasonal fruit accompanies both Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea
  • Milk is offered as a beverage at Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea
  • Lunch meals consist of a variety of beef, chicken, tuna, sausage and vegetarian dishes
  • Vegetables are served with every lunch meal
  • An alternative is provided to children who are fussy eaters or have specific dietary requirements
  • Limits foods that are recommended to be consumed occasionally
  • Water is accessible to all children at all times of the day

Menus are displayed in the front foyer of the service for viewing and we encourage feedback and ideas from our families. All menus are evaluated on a regular basis and will change throughout the year according to season.

All meals are cooked daily on the premises using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Our trained cook has a Certificate in Safe Food Handling and Menu Planning as well as many years of experience in hospitality.

Families will be made aware through individual room communication charts what their child’s eating pattern has been throughout their day.

Special Dietary Requirements

Additional meals will be prepared and provided for children with dietary requirements including allergies, as well as those from families with cultural or religious requirements.

Our cook is trained to ensure the risk of cross contamination is minimised, particularly in the preparation of food for children with special requirements.

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