Food and drink ideas for early childhood services

Make healthy eating fun and easy in child care services and outside school hours care with these tips:


Five food groups







  • Reducing salt in your service. Did you know that 75% of the salt we eat each day comes from packaged and processed foods - not the salt shaker? Here are some helpful tips to reduce the amount of salt on your menu.
  • Fun and descriptive words for healthy foods: Lots of ways to name your meals and snacks that will make healthy foods hard to resist!
  • Managing food costs: Handy tips to manage the costs and reduce waste when planning your menu
  • Lunchbox resources: A collection of resources to help you pack a delicious and healthy lunchbox that kids will love.


Do you know we have menu planning guidelines for long day care, outside school hours care and family day care? See our Menu planning page for helpful resources, checklists and sample menus. 

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