The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Community Child Care Centre (TQEHCCCC) is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment of the highest standard for children, educators and families.
A variety of nutritious foods will be incorporated into the Centre’s menus including:
- Breads, cereals, vegetables and fruits.
- Meat, fish, and chicken.
- Full cream milk, yoghurt and cheese.
- Meat alternatives such as legumes.
- Meals and snacks from a variety of origins.
- Foods low in added sugar, salt and fats.
- Water, available at all times throughout the day.
Food provided is consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents and the Australian guidelines Get up and Grow: Healthy eating and physical activity for early childhood. The menu aims to provide at least 50% of the recommended dietary intake of key nutrients for children. To support this, the menu is reviewed and changed as needed and may vary due to seasonal changes.
All educators receive training in food safety and handling using the ‘Food Safe Food Handler Training Program’.
Children’s individual eating requirements are catered for including allergies and cultural needs. We believe it is important for children to have positive interactions with food and create social and engaging environments for all children’s meals.
The centre has a vegetable and herb garden whereby Educators, centre cook and children make use of in the kitchen by creating their own meals or adding to the menu