It is important that we encourage and support children to develop a positive attitude towards making healthy food choices from a young age. A healthy diet is essential for good physical health, protection against a number of diseases, maintaining and increasing our energy levels, and assisting our mental health and brain function, including staying alert and thinking more clearly.
Promoting excellent health and nutrition
At Grow Early Education, we recognise the important role we have in promoting healthy eating and good food choices to the children in our care.
We do this by using the following strategies:
Engaging children in activities based around creating healthy menus and cooking experiences with our Chefs.
Promoting mealtime routines and foods from different cultures, to expand children’s experience with different foods.
Engaging in conversations about nutritious food and making healthy food choices with children during mealtimes.
Modelling healthy eating practices and leading by example during mealtimes.
Making mealtimes happy, social and pleasant occasions, where conversations around healthy food choices and nutrition are encouraged.
Promoting ‘Paddock to Plate’ by growing a range of delicious vegetables, herbs and fruits in our gardens, which the children help to grow and harvest to use in our centre meals.
What if my child has special dietary requirements?
During your enrolment process, our enrolment team will ensure any specific food requirements due to allergies, food intolerances, cultural background, or other family preferences are noted and communicated to the centre. We work in consultation with you during the meal planning process to ensure your child’s individual dietary requirements are met at all times.
Nutritious meals included in your daily childcare fee
As part of our dedication to providing the very best childcare and early education, we provide nutritious meals as part of our daily fee. Our chefs carefully design our menus to ensure they include more than half a child’s daily nutrition requirements, are developmentally appropriate, and are rich in a variety of textures and tastes. This promotes positive attitudes towards good food choices. These meals are prepared by our professionally qualified chefs in our centre kitchens daily. We ensure our menus are seasonable, and we use only the freshest of produce at all times.