All of our meals are planned based on the new national guidelines for Healthy Eating. Our menus are tailored to services and include a variety of hot and cold snacks such as seasonal fruits, yoghurt, sandwiches / wraps / melts, pasta bakes, fresh vegetables and dips. We also offer light milk alternatives and water.
We ask parents to provide a packed lunch for their child for vacation care and pupil free days only.Our services also cater for children with food allergies or specific dietary requirements, offering an alternative menu for these children.
The new Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia are based around promoting balanced healthy eating in OOSH services. They recommend that children consume different food types in appropriate amounts to obtain all the required nutrients without excess energy intake. The guidelines also show new daily serving recommendations for food categories based on age ranges (eg. 4-7 yrs, 8-11 yrs and 12-18 yrs). As caregivers, our Educators have a great opportunity to be role models of positive behaviour and healthy lifestyles.
Our service supports the new guidelines and will encourage children to:
Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits, eat plenty of cereals (including bread, rice, pasta and noodles) preferably wholegrain. Include milks, yoghurts, cheeses and / or alternatives including reduced fat milk for children over 2 years of age, choose water as a drink.
Our service will show care to: