Childcare » Healthy Nutrition Policy

Healthy Nutrition Policy

Childcare » Healthy Nutrition Policy

Healthy Nutrition Policy

Menu planning is critical for childcare centres. Many centres provide all meals and snacks whilst children attend care. This might include breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.

Centres are bound by the National Quality Standards to ensure "Healthy eating is promoted and food and drinks provided by the service are nutritious and appropriate for each child". Nutrition Australia encourages centres to provide children in long day care with at least 50% of their daily nutrient requirements each day.

 

The following table provides a guide on how much food infants aged 7-12 months, and children aged 1-8 years, need from each food group daily.

Food group and serves

Number of serves per day

Minimum number of serves during child care

13-23 months

2-3 years

4-8 years

13-23 months

13-13 months

4-8 years

Bread and cereal

Provides carbohydrates, fibre and B vitamins

1 serve = 1 slice of bread

=  ½ cup breakfast cereal

=  ½ cup cooked rice or pasta

=  ½ medium bread roll

=  2 rice cakes

4

4

4

2

2

2

Fruit

Provides carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.

1 serve = 1 medium sized piece of fruit             (e.g. banana, apple)

=  2 small pieces of fruit (e.g. apricots)

=  1 ½  tablespoons sultanas

=  1 cup diced pieces or canned fruit (no added sugar)

½

1

1 ½

¼

½

¾

 

Vegetables

Provides vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre

1 serve = ½ cup cooked vegetables

=  1 cup salad vegetables

2-3

2 ½

4 ½

1 – 1 ½

1 ¼

2 ¼

Dairy

Provides calcium, protein, riboflavin and vitamin B12

1 serve = 250ml milk

=  200g yoghurt

=  40g (1 slice) of cheese

1 – 1 ½

1 ½

1½ (girls)

2 (boys)

½ - ¾

¾

¾ (girls)

1(boys) 

Meat and meat alternatives

Provides protein, iron, zinc, niacin and vitamin B12

1 serve = 65g cooked lean red meat

=80g cooked white meat

=  100g cooked fish

=  2 eggs

=  1 cup cooked legumes (e.g. baked beans, chick peas)

1

1

1 ½

½

½

¾

 

To ensure your centre is meeting its nutrition requirements you should engage an Accredited Practising Dietitian to assess and analyse your menu regularly.