PE4K Childcare Meals & Menu
Each day, our onsite chefs prepare and cook tasty and nutritious meals for the children using fresh ingredients purchased from local businesses. The meals include breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack with water offered regularly throughout the day. The chef is always available to speak to parents about their children’s allergies, food intolerances, cultural preferences, and their likes and dislikes.
We know good nutrition is essential for children’s health and wellbeing and their optimal growth and development, so our menus follow the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. They are also consistent with recommendations from the Australian Government’s Get Up & Grow program. Menus are displayed beside the kitchen door.
PE4K Centres are breastfeeding friendly, and educators support mothers to continue breastfeeding for as long as they wish by happily feeding their babies the breastmilk provided by their mothers.
Children’s food and drink consumption is documented each day, and this information given to parents.
PE4K Centres are nut-free zones and we have a ‘No Food From Home’ policy to ensure the safety of all children in our care.
Other childhood healthy eating programs we reference include:
- Feed Australia – An App which provides nutritional information for over 200 recipes together with their serve size recommendations. The Centre refers to the App for advice about its menu. It also uses the App’s Allergy Management Tool which provides information about food substitutes for ingredients unsuitable for children who have anaphylaxis or allergies.
- Munch and Move – A NSW Government program that offers training and resources to educators working in early childhood education and care services about healthy eating and exercise for young children.
- Australian Breastfeeding Association – Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding that provides information to centres wanting to support breastfeeding mothers.