FOOD & DRINK
On enrolment, specific instructions or requests regarding your child’s dietary requirements, particularly allergies, are discussed. Out & About Care & Education is a nut-free environment.
Children’s mealtimes are pleasant social occasions. Our educators sit with small groups of children during meals, engage with them and encourage meaningful conversation between children. This supports their social and emotional development and offers opportunities to practice manners and courtesy.
Children are encouraged to taste or try different foods, but never forced to eat. Toddlers and older children are encouraged to serve and feed themselves to enhance their self-help skills and confidence.
Our chef provides morning tea, lunch, dessert, and afternoon tea. Milk is served with lunch. These healthy, nutritionally balanced meals are freshly cooked and served daily on site. The seasonally and culturally appropriate menu is displayed near the kitchen. We offer a six-week rotating, seasonally adjusted menu sourcing fresh local produce.
Water is offered to the children throughout the day. Children may also access water independently when they wish using their water bottles.
Babies’ bottles, formula and first foods are supplied by parents. We understand families like to know exactly which first foods their baby receives.
Babies are held in a warm and loving manner while being bottle fed. They are introduced to solid food, after consultation with parents – this is a shared experience.
Information about children’s food and drink intake is recorded daily and is available for your perusal.
The O & A kitchen is an integral part of our education program for more than everyday meals. We have created a special work bench where children may work with our chef and educators to create special dishes, from time to time.
Children will wear our special O & A aprons and enjoy being part of our ‘master classes’ where they learn important food skills. Who knows what culinary marvels they will create?