Welcome to our weekly quality improvement support series for 2021.
“It’s our polite nudge in the ribs to help you and your team stay organised and on task.”
This week’s subject is: Promoting Healthy Eating
Element 2.1.3: Healthy Lifestyle
Healthy eating and physical activity are promoted and appropriate for each child.
When thinking of healthy lifestyle and promoting it to families, it’s valuable to first, reflect on your current practice…
- Do you engage parents in the development and delivery of your healthy eating program and routines?
- How do you encourage and support families to make healthy eating a part of their everyday lives?
Services can support families to make choices for the benefit, health and wellbeing of their children and family. Services have a responsibility to provide families with current information and resources to help them become better equipped to make choices that support good health and nutrition.
It’s important to share your Nutrition and Food Safety Policy with families regularly. (attached to your Newsletter, at enrolment and whenever updates are made)
Include current, relevant health and fitness information in your:
- weekly/monthly newsletter
- enrolment package
- parent information/resource area
Provide families with updated information about the menu. Invite and encourage input and feedback.
- have a detailed menu that highlights the nutritional value in the foods listed
- have a checklist next to or on the back of the menu to mark off a source of food from each food group for each meal offered, share this with families
- publish and display the weekly menu
- ensure the menu is updated and parents are notified when changes are made to the menu
- select and promote a recipe of the week/month from your menu
Invite parents to provide input on the menu (asking parents a specific question will encourage responses)
- post the menu on your service’s socials or information sharing app and invite feedback
- conduct a nutritional practice survey, inviting families to provide feedback on the menu/food offered
Make healthy eating/lifestyle a part of your program and promote these experiences with families:
- consider starting a breakfast club or weekly cooking experience with a focus on cooking with natural products and fresh produce
- create a food or fruit and vegetable alphabet display
- plant herbs or vegetables at your service
- ask for recipes from families (to cook with children and share the recipe with families)
Resources for families:
Resources for services:
The Nutrition and Food Safety Management section of the Childcare Centre Desktop has a range of resources to assist services with nutrition and menu planning. These include menu template, menu planning checklist, nutritional practice survey and much more.
Resources, NQS Element, Regulation and System7 links
Childcare Centre Desktop – Nutrition and Food Safety Management
National Quality Standard – QA 2/ 2.1.3- Healthy lifestyle
System7 Module – QA 2/ Module 14
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