Menu & Nutrition
Research shows that children form food preferences mostly during their pre-school years, and the eating habits are more difficult to change later on in life. Pre-schoolers are ready and eager learners, and this allows child care providers the opportunity to cultivate healthy eating habits. In view of this, the Health Promotion Board introduced the Healthy Meals in Child Care Centres Program (HMCCP). Under this program, participating child care centres are required to comply with food service guidelines which aim to cut down fat, sugar and salt and serve whole-grains, fruit and vegetables in the meals; and serve healthy set meals. These healthy set meals incorporate food from the four main food groups – brown rice and wholemeal bread, meat and others, vegetables and fruit – thereby helping children receive the right nutrients necessary for their growing needs.
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 foods, wherever possible, and forms part of the child care and education program.
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.
RCCC provides a ‘nut-free’ environment and our Centre offers four fresh meal opportunities per day:
Morning Tea Lunch
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 prepare fresh delicious, nutritionally balanced hot meals and snacks daily. By providing a variety of foods for children to taste and enjoy, including a range of textures and tastes, appropriate to the developmental stages of different age groups, we are helping to develop and encourage good eating habits.
Children are also encouraged to drink water and milk throughout the day. Other sweet drinks such as juices and cordials are not necessary. Sweet foods such as cakes, biscuits, lollies, and chocolates are not be served on a regular basis in the centre. however, may be offered occasionally as treats.