The children’s meals are prepared in our state of the art kitchen by the staff nutritionist, fresh daily and are served family style. We server healthy home cooked meals, snacks and drinks.
The Centre prepares and provides meals on the premises. Our objective is to lay good foundations for healthy eating habits.
In a long day care where a child is in care for 8 hours, we are required to offer 50% of the recommended Daily Intake (RDI's) for children aged one to five years.
3 serves of dairy = 300ml
2 serves of bread and cereals = 100 grams
1 serve of fruit = 150 grams
1 serve of vegetables = 75 grams
1 serve of meat = 45 grams
The Centre can also cater to vegetarian families and families who are only on Halah meats.
The centre menu operates on a 4-week cycle. Menus take into consideration the RDI’s (Recommended Daily Intake), the age of the children and the culture of the families using the centre. We endeavour to provide a variety of foods to accommodate everyone’s taste. We believe that offering a variety of textures, tastes and colour is important when preparing the meals. Water and milk will be available to the children throughout the day. The menus are displayed on the notice board and the kitchen for parents to view.
Our nutrition policy is to ensure that the centre staff adheres to the nutritional requirements for children in a long day care setting, and to provide meals that are nutritious, culturally appropriate and served to the children in an environment, which promotes food eating habits and social interactions. Meal times at the Centres are social occasions, and children are encouraged to help with the preparations of the tables, we believe that the presentation of the meals needs to look inviting for the children.
Menu planned within the centre includes food from the five basic food groups and included a variety of textures, flavours and colours.
As a requirement our cook is required to complete and upgrade a Food Handlers Course in accordance with the Food Safety Program and the Food Act 1984.
While handling food, disposable gloves are worn by our staff to avoid contamination. Strict hygiene procedures are followed in all food preparation.