Nutrition

Three meals per day are lovingly prepared for children. Our cook holds a Food Handling Safety certification and comes with years of experience in the food service industry. Menus will be displayed for parents on a weekly basis. The kitchen is also licensed and registered. Children in early learning may receive up to 70% of their daily food intake whilst in care.


It is therefore essential that Beach Kids provides adequate nutrition in proportion to the time spent in care. It is also our responsibility to help children and parents develop good food attitudes and habits.


Our menu will include foods from all food groups. Drinking water will be offered and readily available. Milk will also be offered on a daily basis for the children that require it. Parents will be kept up to date on a daily basis on their child’s eating habits.


The centre programs will also include food awareness activities that will educate children on healthy eating and lifestyle.


Children will be encouraged to get hands-on experience in food preparation.


Allergies, medical conditions, religious beliefs, special diets and cultural requirements will be observed at all times. If your child has special needs, please advise your Nominated Supervisor (Centre Manger).


We ensure that children’s dietary requirements are met at all times. Beach Kids will offer assistance to families and ensure information is accessible to them regarding the nutritional needs of children.

Educators will assist children in receiving a safe and nutritious diet by:

  • 1
    Advising parents when their child is not eating well or does not have enough food.
  • 2
    Ensuring children wash their hands before and after handling food and eating meals.
  • 3
    ​Encourage children to attempt foods that are presented to them through our menu.
  • 4
    Sitting with the children at meal times.
  • 1
    Advising parents when their child is not eating well or does not have enough food.
  • 2
    Ensuring children wash their hands before and after handling food and eating meals.
  • 3
    ​Encourage children to attempt foods that are presented to them through our menu.
  • 4
    Sitting with the children at meal times.
  • 5
    Ensuring that food will never be used as a form of punishment by either its provision or denial.
  • 6
    Ensuring that Multicultural differences will be recognised and respected
  • 7
    Providing food awareness activities that will be chosen from a variety of cultures.
  • 8
    Celebrating special occasions with culturally appropriate foods.

Educators will educate children about food nutrition by:

  • 1
    Including “​hands on” food related activities in the children’s program, e.g. cooking, excursions, gardening, stories, play and music will be included in the program.
  • 2
    Ensuring food related activities will involve culturally appropriate and diverse foods.
  • 3
    Encourage children, where possible, to practi​ce making food choices (e.g. Serving themselves).
  • 4
    Promote food and eating as a positive, enjoyable part of life
  • 5
    Ensure meal equipment (plates, bowls, cutlery and furniture) is an appropriate size and shape to encourage children’s physical skill development and independence.