Ingredient quantity guide for larger 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 120 children you need 7.2kg of fish to provide enough for each child.

 

What is 1 children’s serve?

60 children

80 children

100 children

120 children

150 children

200 children

250 children

Lean red meat, pork, poultry (raw)

50g boneless

3kg

4kg

5kg

6kg

7.5kg

10kg

12.5kg

Lean red meat (cooked)

30g

1.8kg

2.4kg

3kg

3.6kg

4.5kg

6kg

7.5kg

Poultry (cooked, skin off)

40g

2.4kg

3.2kg

4kg

4.8kg

6kg

8kg

10kg

Fish (raw)

60g

3.6kg

4.8kg

6kg

7.2kg

9kg

12kg

15kg

Fish (canned/ cooked)

50g

3kg

4kg

5kg

6kg

7.5kg

10kg

12.5kg

Egg

1 egg

60 eggs

80 eggs

100 eggs

120 eggs

150 eggs

200 eggs

250 eggs

Legumes (dry)

35g

2.1kg

2.8kg

3.5kg

4.2kg

5.25kg

7kg

8.75kg

Legumes (cooked/tinned, drained weight)

85g

(½ cup)

5.1kg

(30 cups)

6.8kg

(40 cups)

8.5kg

(50 cups)

10.2kg

(60 cups)

12.75kg

(75 cups)

17kg

(100 cups)

21.25kg

(125 cups)

TVP*

20g

1.2kg

1.6kg

2kg

2.4kg

3kg

4kg

5kg

Tofu

85g

5.1kg

6.8kg

8.5kg

10.2kg

12.75kg

17kg

21.25kg

Hummus

60g

(¼ cup)

3.6kg

(14 cups)

4.8kg

(20 cups)

6kg

(25 cups)

7.2kg

(30 cups)

9kg (37 ½ cups)

12kg

(50 cups)

15kg (62 ½ 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?

60 children

80 children

100 children

120 children

150 children

200 children

250 children

Fruit (fresh/ frozen)

75g (½ medium piece)

4.5kg (30 pieces)

6kg (40 pieces)

7.5kg (50 pieces)

9kg (60 pieces)

11.25kg (75 pieces)

15kg (100 pieces)

18.75kg (125 pieces)

         

Fruit (cooked/ tinned, drained)

½ cup

30 cups

40 cups

50 cups

60 cups

75 cups

100 cups

125 cups

Dried fruit*

15g

900g

1.2kg  

1.5kg

1.8kg

2.25kg

3kg

3.75kg

* 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 120 children you need 9-12kg of vegetables/legumes to provide enough for each child.

 

What is 1 children’s serve?

60 children

80 children

100 children

120 children

150 children

200 children

250 children

Vegetables (fresh/frozen)

75g

4.5-6kg

6-8kg

7.5-10kg

9-12kg

11.25-15kg

15-20kg

18.75-25kg

Vegetables (cooked/tinned, drained)

½ cup

30-45 cups

40-60 cups

50-75 cups

60-90 cups

75-112 ½ cups

100-150 cups

125-187 ½ cups

Vegetables (salad)

1 cup

60-90 cups

80-120 cups

100-150 cups

120-180 cups

150-225 cups

200-300 cups

250-375 cups

Legumes (dry)

30g

1.8-2.7kg

2.4-3.6kg

3-4.5kg

3.6-5.4kg

4.5-6.75kg

6-9kg

7.5-11.25kg

Legumes (cooked/ tinned, drained weight)

75g

(½ cup)

4.5-6kg

6-8kg

7.5-10kg

9-12kg

11.25-15kg

15-20kg

18.75-25kg

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 120 children you need 12L of milk AND 9.6kg of yoghurt to provide enough for each child.

 

What is 1 children’s serve?

60 children

80 children

100 children

120 children

150 children

200 children

250 children

Milk

100mL

6L

8L

10L

12L

15L

20L

25L

Hard cheese

15g (1 slice)

900g

1.2kg

1.5kg

1.8kg

2.25kg

3kg

3.75kg

Yoghurt

80g

4.8kg

6.4kg

8kg

9.6kg

12kg

16kg

20kg

Custard

100mL

6L

8L

10L

12L

15L

20L

25L

Evaporated milk

50mL

3L

4L

5L

6L

7.5L

10L

12.5L

Milk powder

15g

900g

1.2kg

1.5kg

1.8kg

2.25kg

3kg

3.75kg

Ricotta cheese

50g

3kg

4kg

5kg

6kg

7.5kg

10kg

12.5kg

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 120 children you need to provide 120 slices of bread AND 3.6kg of pasta to provide enough for each child.

 

What is 1 children’s serve?

60 children

80 children

100 children

120 children

150 children

200 children

250 children

Bread (all types)

1 slice (40g)

60 slices

(3 loaves)

80 slices (4 loaves)

100 slices (5 loaves)

120 slices (6 loaves)

150 slices (7 ½ loaves)

200 slices (10 loaves)

250 slices (12 ½ loaves)

Pita bread

½ large pocket (40g)

30 pockets (2.4kg)

40 pockets (3.2kg)

50 pockets (4kg)

60 pockets (4.8kg)

75 pockets (6kg)

100 pockets (8kg)

125 pockets (10kg)

Breakfast cereal flakes

30g

1.8kg

2.4kg

3kg

3.6kg

4.5kg

6kg

7.5kg

Breakfast cereal (wheat biscuits)

2 Weetbix™

120 Weetbix™

160 Weetbix™

200 Weetbix™

240 Weetbix™

300 Weetbix™

400 Weetbix™

500 Weetbix™

Bread roll

½ medium

30 rolls

40 rolls

50 rolls

60 rolls

75 rolls

100 rolls

125 rolls

Pasta/noodles/
rice/cous cous

30g dry

1.8kg

2.4kg

3kg

3.6kg

4.5kg

6kg

7.5kg

Flour

¼ cup

(35g)

15 cups (2.1kg)

20 cups (2.8kg)

25 cups (3.5kg)

30 cups (4.2kg)

37 ½ cups (5.25kg)

50 cups (7kg)

62 ½ cups (8.75kg)

Cracker biscuit/ crisp bread

35g

2.1kg

2.8kg

3.5kg

4.2kg

5.25kg

7kg

8.75kg

Crumpet/ English muffin

1 crumpet/ small muffin

60

80

100

120

150

200

250

One children’s serve of grain (cereal) foods is equal to one serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

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