Promoting healthy eating in early childhood services during coronavirus

We understand that early childhood education and care services may be operating under different circumstances as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Victorian early childhood education and care services are still encouraged to provide nutritious menus for children in line with the menu planning guidelines. We have provided some advice below about how you can continue to provide and promote healthy eating in your centre at this time.

You can also contact us with any questions. Email, or call us on 1300 22 52 88.


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Menu planning and healthy eating support

You can continue to use our free services to:

  • assess long day care menus online using FoodChecker
  • learn about the menu planning guidelines for long day care and outside school hours care (OSHC) in our free online training
  • contact us with any questions. 

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Food safety

Key points

  • There is no evidence that coronavirus (COVID-19) is transmitted through food. 
  • Maintaining good hygiene practices is recommended.
  • Anyone with suspected symptoms of respiratory illness should avoid preparing food for other people.
  • Businesses need to follow any social distancing requirements requested by the Australian Government.

For more information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and food safety, visit Food Standards Australia New Zealand’s website: 


Do I need to wash my fruit and vegetables before use?

It’s always a good idea to wash fresh fruit and vegetables under running water before eating. Don’t use soap, disinfectants or detergents to wash your food. These cleaning products aren’t designed for human consumption. They may actually be unsafe to use with food.



Does the coronavirus (COVID-19) survive on surfaces?

Studies suggest that coronavirus (COVID-19) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions such as the type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment.

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with a common household disinfectant to kill the virus.

In general, to avoid contact with the virus, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water often. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.



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