Nutritious Meals

The Brook Early Education and Care

Establishing Healthy Behaviours in Kids With Nutritious Meals

The early years are really important when it comes to establishing healthy behaviours – they pave the way for a lifetime of health and wellbeing. At The Brook, we understand how important our role is in terms of encouraging and facilitating these healthy behaviours.

 

Our Childcare Menu

 

Our childcare menu changes every week and includes a range of nutritious and culturally diverse choices. We provide morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, snacks, drinks and water (which is always available and encouraged). Our menu is designed by our on-site chef to give kids the balanced nutrition they need to fuel their fun days at daycare and ensure optimal growth and development. Our menu is based on the Get Up and Grow Australian Government Guidelines and provides recommended servings of the 5 basic food groups:

 

  • Vegetables and legumes/beans
  • Fruit
  • Grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties such as bread, cereal, rice, pasta, noodles, polenta, couscous, oats, quinoa and barley
  • Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, and legumes/beans
  • Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced-fat (reduced-fat milk is not suitable for children under the age of two years)

 

Our chef and cook also consider different ages, dietary requirements, and cultural differences when designing our weekly menus:

 

  • Infants over the age of 6 months are provided with iron-rich foods and meals and snacks of progressing texture according to their age
  • Children with allergies or dietary restrictions are provided with appropriate substitutes of foods and drinks
  • Our menu includes a variety of meals from different cultures and a variety of tastes, colours, textures, and flavours.
Toddler Having Lunch - The Brook child care centre Brisbane QLD
Staff preparing food - The Brook Early Education and Care

The Australian Dietary Guidelines

 

Food offered to children needs to be appropriate for the child’s age and development, and should include a wide variety of nutritious foods that comply with the Australian Dietary Guidelines. For more information about nutrition and recommended servings for children, see Get Up and Grow.

 

 

Cooking Classes

 

A lot of our staff are great cooks in the kitchen. With our in-house childcare cook always around, kindergarten-aged children can also participate in cooking classes and assist with meal preparation to help focus on living a healthy lifestyle and practice healthy eating.

 

If you have any questions about our menu or approach to childhood nutrition, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

For tips on how to cook up some healthy food options that kids will love, check these recipes:

 

 

And for delicious ways to get your children to eat their vegetables – see this article.

Sample Menu