Healthy eating habits are formed in early childhood and children’s nutrition is important to their health and life long development. Our nutritional Policy ensures that the emphasis is on fresh organic foods, wherever possible, and forms part of the child care and educational programme.
If your child is on a special diet and/or has any specific allergies the centre will require a statement from your child’s doctor describing the type of diet needed and/or a management plan for any allergies. The centre will make the necessary arrangements to accommodate this need.
RTEEC provides a ‘nut free’ environment and our Centre offers Three fresh meal opportunities per day:
- Morning Tea
- Afternoon Tea
Good nutrition is very important for the development and growth of young children. Our staff are trained to teach children healthy attitudes towards eating by being consistent with positive messages about food and nutrition.
Our qualified cooks prepares fresh delicious, nutritionally balanced hot meals and snacks daily. By providing a variety of foods for children to taste and enjoy, we are helping to develop and encourage good eating habits.
The menu is planned weekly and put on display on our noticeboard.
Cooking with your child is not only a fun experience for both of you but it can also help your child adopt a positive attitude towards food – even the fussiest eater will eat food that they’ve cooked themselves!
We use mealtimes as social occasions that provide valuable opportunities for children to learn about appropriate mealtime behaviour, self help skills, different foods including those from other cultures and helping behaviours such as setting tables, cleaning up and socialising. Staff join together with children to share meals in a family atmosphere.
We also aim to increase children's awareness of food and nutrition by incorporating food education into our regular programming. This includes learning about herbs and vegies from growing them in the garden to using them in cooking.
Healthy Kids: Munch and Move & Get Up and Grow Program
Munch and Move is a NSW Health initiative that supports the healthy development of children birth to 5 years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time (e.g. watching TV or DVDs, playing on computers and small hand-held games devices). We are committed to implementing the key physical activity, healthy eating messages within Munch and Move and supporting the National Physical Activity Recommendations for Children Birth to 5 years