Menu planning for long day care

The following guidelines and resources will help you plan a menu that meets the nutritional requirements of children aged 1-5 in long day care.

Guidelines

Menu planning guidelines for long day care
These guidelines outline criteria for main meals, morning tea, afternoon tea and drinks, to plan a menu for children aged 1–5 years old. Includes the Menu planning checklist for long day care and an explanation of serving sizes.

Menu planning checklist for long day care
Summarises the Menu planning guidelines for long day care (above) into a checklist that you can use when planning or reviewing your long day care centre’s menu.

 

Menu planning resources

Menu assessments
Use FoodChecker to assess one day or one week of your menu online. Get an instant report with tailored feedback, plus recommendations for healthy changes.

What’s in a serve?
Explains appropriate serving sizes for children aged 1–5 and provides examples of common foods in each of the core food groups.

Ingredient quantity guide for long day care menus
Plan a long day care menu that support children’s nutrition needs and reduce food wastage with this handy table.

How to plan a menu for long day care
A step-by-step guide to planning a two-week menu that meets the Menu planning guidelines for long day care. Includes a blank menu template

Sample two-week menus
Two sample two-week menus (summer and winter) based on the Menu planning guidelines for long day care, with explanations on how they meet the guidelines.

What to leave off the menu
Learn what foods and drinks should not be your centre menu, and get some healthier suggestions for special occasions.