Find out if your menu meets healthy food and drinks guidelines, by getting it assessed by the Healthy Eating Advisory Service.
You will receive a detailed report highlighting areas where the menu meets the guidelines, and specific recommendations to help you make healthy changes where needed.
Having a menu assessment will help your early childhood education and care service towards achieving:
- Quality Area 2 of the National Quality Standard
- Education and Care Services National Law and Regulations
- the Healthy Eating and Oral Health Benchmarks of the Achievement Program
- Smiles 4 Miles award.
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Long day care
FoodChecker is the new way to assess your own menu online, and get instant feedback!
You can assess one day or one week of your menu at a time to see if it meets the Menu planning guidelines for long day care.
When you assess your menu on FoodChecker you will receive a report containing your results, plus recommendations for healthy changes. You can read your report on screen or save it as a PDF.
Once you have made changes to your centre menu, you can reassess it on FoodChecker to see if it meets the guidelines.
You can also use FoodChecker to plan future menus that meet the Menu planning guidelines. PLUS you can download a copy of your menu to display, and print a shopping list with all of the ingredients you’ll need for the week.
Tip: Visit Getting Started for the steps we recommend before assessing your menu, such as doing our free online training and making these priority changes. You can also use the menu planning checklist to quickly self-assess your menu.
These steps will help make your menu healthier before using FoodChecker, but you can use it at any time to assess your menu.
Have the following information ready to start using FoodChecker:
- your menu for one day or one week
- every recipe featured on the menu that you’re going to assess
- a quantity for each ingredient (eg, grams, kilograms, litres, etc)
- the number of children you are cooking for (over 12 months of age)
Family day care and OSHC
Are you planning your next menu?
Let us assess it now to make sure it meets the healthy food and drink guidelines straight away!
Before you begin:
Try the following steps before sending your menu to us for an assessment:
- For Family Day Care: Use the Menu planning checklist to quickly self-assess your menu, and identify any changes that you can make upfront.
- For Outside School Hours Care: Visit the Getting started page for recommended steps to having a healthy menu, such as doing our free online training, and making these priority changes.
Once you have made some healthy changes above, here’s how to submit your menu for an assessment:
Step 1: Download and complete a menu assessment booking form:
- For family day care: PDF (222KB) or Microsoft Word (148KB)
- For outside school hours care: PDF (178KB) or Microsoft Word (145KB)
Step 2: Gather copies of the following:
- Your current menu, including information about the foods and drinks provided at each meal and snack time.
- The quantities of all foods and drinks provided at each meal and snack time. For example, the number of whole pieces of fruit on a fruit platter, or the quantity of milk per serve per child.
- All recipes featured in the menu including the quantity of each ingredient used.
Step 3: Submit your completed booking form, plus menus, recipes and any additional information to:
Healthy Eating Advisory Service
Early childhood services
118 Cardigan St
Carlton VIC 3053
Or email heas.earlychildhood[at]nutritionaustralia.org
Please note: Due to high demand, menu assessments for family day care and OSHC can take 4-6 weeks to complete. One of our team will contact you when your submission has been received.