Ingredient quantity guide for long day care menus

The tables below will help you order and prepare foods and drinks in quantities that meet the Menu planning guidelines for long day care, support children’s nutrition needs and reduce food wastage at the same time.

A ‘children’s serve’ refers to the portion of food appropriate for children aged 1–5 years. To be practical in the childcare setting, children’s serve sizes have been adapted from the serve sizes in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

Lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans

Offer 1 children’s serve of lean meat, poultry, fish or alternatives per child per day.

E.g. for 5 children you need 300g of fish to provide enough for each child.

 

What is 1 children’s serve?

5 children

10 children

20 children

30 children

40 children

50 children

60 children

Lean red meat, pork, poultry (raw)

50g boneless

250g

500g

1kg

1.5kg

2kg

2.5kg

3kg

Lean red meat (cooked)

30g

150g

300g

600g

900g

1.2kg

1.5kg

1.8kg

Poultry (cooked, skin off)

40g

200g

400g

800g

1.2kg

1.6kg

2kg

2.4kg

Fish (raw)

60g

300g

600g

1.2kg

1.8kg

2.4kg

3kg

3.6kg

Fish (canned/ cooked)

50g

250g

500g

1kg

1.5kg

2kg

2.5kg

3kg

Egg

1 egg

5 eggs

10 eggs

20 eggs

30 eggs

40 eggs

50 eggs

60 eggs

Legumes (dry)

35g

175g

350g

700g

1.05kg

1.4kg

1.75kg

2.1kg

Legumes (cooked/tinned, drained weight)

85g
(½ cup)

425g
(2½ cups)

850g
(5 cups)

1.7kg
(10 cups)

2.55kg
(15 cups)

3.4kg
(20 cups)

4.25kg
(25 cups)

5.1kg
(30 cups)

TVP*

20g

100g

200g

400g

600g

800g

1kg

1.2kg

Tofu

85g

425g

850g

1.7kg

2.55kg

3.4kg

4.25kg

5.1kg

Hummus

60g
(¼ cup)

300g
(1¼ cups)

600g
(2½ cups)

1.2kg
(5 cups)

1.8kg
(7 cups)

2.4kg
(9 ½ cups)

3kg
(12 cups)

3.6kg
(14 cups)

* TVP stands for Textured Vegetable Protein which is a vegetarian meat substitute.
One children’s serve of lean meat, poultry, fish or alternatives is equal to half a serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

Fruit

Offer 1 children’s serve of fruit* per child per day.

E.g. for 5 children you need 375g of fresh/tinned/frozen fruit to provide enough for each child.

 

What is 1 children’s serve?

5 children

10 children

20 children

30 children

40 children

50 children

60 children

Fruit (fresh/ frozen)

75g  (½ med piece)

375g (2½ pieces)

750g
(5 pieces)

1.5kg
(10 pieces)

2.25kg
(15 pieces)

3kg
(20 pieces)

3.75kg
(25 pieces)

4.5kg
(30 pieces)

Fruit (cooked/ tinned, drained)

½ cup

2 ½ cups

5 cups

10 cups

15 cups

20 cups

25 cups

30 cups

Dried fruit*

15g

75g

150g

300g

450g

600g

750g

900g

* Dried fruit leaves a sticky residue on teeth and can contribute to tooth decay. If included on the menu it should only be offered once per week.
One children’s serve of fruit is equal to half a serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
 
 

Vegetables and legumes/beans

Offer 1–1½ children’s serves of vegetables and legumes per child per day.

E.g. for 5 children you need 375–500g of vegetables/legumes to provide enough for each child.

 

What is 1 children’s serve?

5 children

10 children

20 children

30 children

40 children

50 children

60 children

Vegetables (fresh/frozen)

75g

375–500g

750g–1kg

1.5–2kg

2.25–3kg

3–4kg

3.75–5kg

4.5–6kg

Vegetables (cooked/tinned, drained)

½ cup

2 ½ - 3 ¾ cup

5–7 ½ cups

10–15 cups

15–22 ½ cups

20–30 cups

25–37 ½ cups

30–45 cups

Vegetables (salad)

1 cup

5–7 ½ cups

10–15 cups

20–30 cups

30–45 cups

40–60 cups

50–75 cups

60–90 cups

Legumes (dry)

30g

150–225g

300–450g

600–900g

900g–1.3kg

1.2–1.8kg

1.5–2.25kg

1.8–2.7kg

Legumes (cooked/tinned, drained weight)

75g
(½ cup)

375–500g

750g–1kg

1.5–2kg

2.25–3kg

3–4kg

3.75–5kg

4.5–6kg

One children’s serve of vegetables and legumes/beans is equal to one serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
 

Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives

Offer 2 children’s serves of milk, yoghurt, cheese or calcium fortified alternatives per child per day.

E.g. for 5 children you need 500mL of milk AND 400g of yoghurt to provide enough for each child.

 

What is 1 children’s serve?

5 children

10 children

20 children

30 children

40 children

50 children

60 children

Milk

100mL

500mL

1L

2L

3L

4L

5L

6L

Hard cheese

15g (1 slice)

75g

150g

300g

450g

600g

750g

900g

Yoghurt

80g

400g

800g

1.6kg

2.4kg

3.2kg

4kg

4.8kg

Custard

100mL

500mL

1L

2L

3L

4L

5L

6L

Evaporated milk

50mL

250mL

500mL

1L

1.5L

2L

2.5L

3L

Milk powder

15g

75g

150g

300g

450g

600g

750g

900g

Ricotta cheese

50g

250g

500g

1kg

1.5kg

2kg

2.5kg

3kg

One children’s serve of milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives is equal to just under half a serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
 

Grain (cereal) foods

Offer 2 children’s serves of grain (cereal) foods per child per day.

E.g. for 5 children you need to provide 5 slices of bread AND 150g of pasta to provide enough for each child.

 

What is 1 children’s serve?

5 children

10 children

20 children

30 children

40 children

50 children

60 children

Bread (all types)

1 slice (40g)

5 slices
(¼ loaf)

10 slices
(½ loaf)

20 slices
(1 loaf)

30 slices
(1 ½ loaves)

40 slices
(2 loaves)

50 slices
(2 ½ loaves)

60 slices
(3 loaves)

Pita bread

½ large pocket (40g)

2½ pockets (200g)

5 pockets (400g)

10 pockets (800g)

15 pockets (1.2kg)

20 pockets (1.6kg)

25 pockets (2kg)

30 pockets (2.4kg)

Breakfast cereal flakes

30g

150g

300g

600g

900g

1.2kg

1.5kg

1.8kg

Breakfast cereal (wheat biscuits)

2 Weetbix™

10 Weetbix™

20 Weetbix™

40 Weetbix™

60 Weetbix™

80 Weetbix™

100 Weetbix™

120 Weetbix™

Bread roll

½ medium

2½ rolls

5 rolls

10 rolls

15 rolls

20 rolls

25 rolls

30 rolls

Pasta/noodles/
rice/cous cous

30g dry

150g

300g

600g

900g

1.2kg

1.5kg

1.8kg

Flour

¼ cup
(35g)

1¼ cups (175g)

2½ cups (350g)

5 cups (700g)

7½ cups (1.05kg)

10 cups (1.4kg)

12½ cups (1.75kg)

15 cups (2.1kg)

Cracker biscuit/ crisp bread

35g

175g

350g

700g

1.05kg

1.4kg

1.75kg

2.1kg

Crumpet/ English muffin

1 crumpet/ small muffin

5

10

20

30

40

50

60

One children’s serve of grain (cereal) foods is equal to one serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
 
Adapted from Start Right Eat Right, Government of South Australia.