Meals and Nutrition

Healthy eating is promoted and food and drinks are provided by the service. They are nutritious and appropriate for each child. Meals form a significant part of the daily routine and the centre is consistent with advice provided by families about their child’s dietary requirements, likes, dislikes and any cultural or other requirements families have regarding your child’s nutrition.

Our cook prepares breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and late snack. The menu is varied, balanced and altered according to the season.

Family recipes are welcomed; however, food is not to be brought into the centre unless discussed with the Director.

Milk and water are the recommended drinks for the children and will be provided throughout the day. Drinking stations are located in each room and the outdoor area. Our babies menu will alter according to age and in consultation with the parents.

We have included an example of our weekly menu which rotates weekly over the month.

Nutrition experts believe that many children eat well in children’s services because of the very relaxed, social approach to eating. In child care, food is often served on platters for children to be able to choose which foods and how much they wish to eat. There is also an element of positive peer pressure at meal or snack times that encourages children to try new foods.” – centre for community child health, 2002 p5.

Breakfast Morning Tea Lunch Afternoon Tea Late Snack
Monday

Cereal (Corn Flakes, Weet-bix, Rice Bubbles), Porridge, muesli.

Served with Milk/Water

Wholemeal toast with vegemite and cheese/ Tomato slice and cheese, with Fresh Fruit

Served with Milk/Water

Creamy Tuna Pasta: Penne pasta, broccoli, corn kernels, carrot, evaporated milk, tuna with a Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter.

Served with Water

Chickpea and beetroot dip served with carrot sticks and brown rice crackers

Served with Milk/Water

Selection of Sandwiches

Served with Water

Tuesday

Cereal (Corn Flakes, Weet-bix, Rice Bubbles), Porridge, muesli.

Served with Milk/Water

Wholemeal toast with vegemite and cheese/ Tomato slice and cheese, with Fresh Fruit

Served with Milk/Water

Minestrone Soup: Brown onion, garlic, celery, carrot, silver beet, zucchini, potato, white beans, pasta, crushed tomatoes. Served with buttered bread.

Served with Water

Spinach and cheese muffins

Served with Milk/Water

Selection of Sandwiches

Served with Water

Wednesday

Cereal (Corn Flakes, Weet-bix, Rice Bubbles), Porridge, muesli.

Served with Milk/Water

Wholemeal toast with vegemite and cheese/ Tomato slice and cheese, with Fresh Fruit

Served with Milk/Water

Roast Chicken drumsticks served with roasted veggies and corn: Chicken drumstick, pumpkin, potatoes, corn cobs. Served with buttered bread.

Served with Water

Zucchini Slice

Served with Milk/Water

Selection of Sandwiches

Served with Water

Thursday

Cereal (Corn Flakes, Weet-bix, Rice Bubbles), Porridge, muesli.

Served with Milk/Water

Wholemeal toast with vegemite and cheese/ Tomato slice and cheese, with Fresh Fruit

Served with Milk/Water

Beef and Broccoli stir fry: Lean beef strips, cabbage, carrot, red capsicam, broccoli, soy sauce, noodles.

Served with Water

Grilled roasted Chicken, tomato, cheese on Turkish bread

Served with Milk/Water

Selection of Sandwiches

Served with Water

Friday

Cereal (Corn Flakes, Weet-bix, Rice Bubbles), Porridge, muesli.

Served with Milk/Water

Wholemeal toast with vegemite and cheese/ Tomato slice and cheese, with Fresh Fruit

Served with Milk/Water

Chili Corn carne with brown rice: Lean beef mince, brown onion, carrots, celery, red capsicam, ground cumin, red kidney beans, crushed tomatoes.

Served with Water

Natural Greek yogurt served with Berries.

Served with Milk/Water

Selection of Sandwiches

Served with Water