Meals and snacks are prepared each day on our premises by our cook, who places much emphasis on using fresh, wholesome ingredients, and providing a varied and nutritionally balanced menu. We maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene at all times.
Our cook has extensive experience with planning, preparing, and cooking meals and snacks for young children, which is reflected in the interesting and nutritionally balanced menu prepared each week. Meals are prepared and cooked daily, using fresh, healthy ingredients, and are kept interesting through various cooking methods.
New foods and tastes are planned and introduced, and special requests for family favourites are always welcomed. Children at our childcare centres are exposed to a variety of food, covering a wide range of cultural backgrounds. The children eat at their own pace in a relaxed, non-pressured environment.
Our centres’ attention to detail is not limited to the presentation of meals. The total mealtime experience for your child is planned for carefully and with flair. Staff in each of our rooms prepare for meal time, adding finishing touches such as decorated tables, handmade named placemats and flowers to ensure that your child enjoys the atmosphere of dining with friends.
As well as being an appropriate time for meeting your child's physical needs for food and drink, mealtime and snack-time at the centre is also a time for socialising, learning and exploring. Importantly, these daily routine activities provide opportunities for the children and staff to enjoy each other’s company, and build on relationships with their peers and caregivers, thereby growing social awareness.
Our menu is displayed in the foyer on an information board, and is changed weekly. The menu is designed to provide a well-balanced, nutritious diet that reflects seasonal changes. Fresh produce is always available.
Your child will be served a breakfast consisting of milk, cereal and toast; morning tea with fresh fruit and milk; and a hot lunch. Afternoon tea consists of home baked biscuits, muffins, cakes, scones, desserts or a meat, cheese and fruit platter. Water is always offered to the children throughout the day, and each child is supplied with their own labelled bottle. If your child is in attendance at the centre after 5:30pm, we’ll also provide a late afternoon tea.
Sometimes your child will be served morning or afternoon tea at a table. Other times snacks are taken more informally, set up as picnics on mats inside or outside, depending on the weather.
Children with bottles:
for formula/breast-fed babies, we request that you bring clearly labelled and prepared bottles with you each day and place them in the fridge. Bottles are sterilised at our centre using the Milton method.
We celebrate each child's birthday with a party. We invite parents to bring in a cake that can be shared by all the children in their room. Please supply a list of ingredients so we can monitor all children’s allergies.
If it is possible, we would love to have Mum and Dad along, too. If not, feel free to bring your camera and the staff will take some photographs for you.