Children need regular healthy meals, snacks and drinks! At Buttercups Childcare & Kindy we offer nutritious meals and enjoy positive mealtime experiences as we acknowledge the important role food provided in childcare plays in the growth and development of children and in the development of future eating habits. Our wonderful cook Ari plans delicious menus according to Australian dietary guidelines for children. These menus change from season to season and provide a variety of foods such as vegetables, fruits, cereals, lean meat, fish, chicken, milk, yoghurt and cheese – always keeping special dietary needs like allergies/cultural considerations in mind.
Please check out the weekly menu in our reception area!
You are struggling to implement healthy eating habits with your child? Have a look at this article that talks about magic broccoli trees and how child-centred phrases help children to understand the benefits of healthy eating and increases consumption!
Infants, children and teenagers have special food needs because they are growing and developing. They also need extra energy for playing and being more active.
your child’s lunchbox at childcare and kindergarten, like meals and snacks at home, should continue to reflect the dietary guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and not include discretionary foods and drinks. Discretionary foods are higher in saturated fats, added salt, and added sugars and lower in fibre and should be kept for special occasions. The Guide includes a picture that can be useful for explaining to children that some foods are ‘everyday’ foods and other foods are ‘party foods’ or for special occasions. Understanding how all foods fit into healthy eating can be more useful than labelling foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
While it is important not to add fats, sugars and/or salt to food for babies and young children, low fat diets are not appropriate for young children, particularly those under two years, because they are growing so fast. Full fat milks, yoghurts and cheeses should be used for children until they are two years old. At Buttercups we have a selection of recipes you might like to consider…