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Food and Nutrition Policy

Food and Nutrition Policy 2012

The Centre provides a nutritionally balanced menu that incorporates all of the 5 major food groups. All menus are developed using the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia produced by the NHMRC. The Centre in conjunction with the staff team, Management Committee and other interested parents, plan a 6 week rotating menu, taking into consideration seasonal variations in the availability of food items. The menu is displayed on the Centre noticeboard.

We will always ensure that children are provided with at least fifty per cent of the recommended daily intake which is equal to:

Food GroupMinimum number of serves to be offered in long day careEquivalent amount of food
Milk and milk alternatives3300 mls
Bread and cereals260 grams
Fruit1150 grams
Vegetables175 grams
Meat and meat alternatives145 grams
Fats and oils1.57 grams

The amount of food needed each day varies with the age, size and activity level of the child. Children are encouraged to try new foods regularly, including different colours, textures, flavours and aromas. Food is not used as a reward, incentive or for comfort.

The Centre provides:

Water is available for children to consume at all times during indoor and outdoor activities. Cooled boiled water is made available to children less than 12 months. No drink other than water is to be brought into the Centre.