Long day care recipe competition

We're running an exciting competition to find the best long day care recipes in the state!

Food is connected to a child’s health but also to much more! Experiences with food create life-long habits, happy memories and inspiration to learn new things about the world.

Your centre’s food and recipes help set the foundations of this journey! We're looking for recipes across several categories in a bid to celebrate the importance of nutritious food provision and education in helping to establish healthy food and drink habits in young children.

Your centre could share in one of six fabulous prizes and all you have to do is submit your best recipe for a chance to win!

Please note: you may enter as many categories as you wish but each category will require a separate entry.

Competition categories


Fun with fruit and veg

How do you combat fussy eating in your centre? Share with us how you creatively incorporate these ingredients into a recipe!


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Fruit or vegetable must be the hero of the recipe. Tell us in 100 words or less how they feature in the recipe and provide at least one photo and/or video to support your entry.

$400 Good Guys gift card

Celebrating culture

How do you celebrate the cultural diversity at your centre through food? Share with us your favourite recipe.


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Tell us in 100 words or less how this recipe celebrates culture and diversity in your centre. Provide at least one photo and/or video to support your entry.

$400 Koori Curriculum gift card

Connecting kitchen to garden

What’s your favourite kitchen garden recipe? Share with us how you integrate your garden into your meals.


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The meal must have at least one ingredient that was grown in your centre’s vegetable or herb garden. 

Tell us in 100 words or less how this recipe connects the kitchen to garden. Include the origin of all ingredients used in recipe on the ingredients list.


For example: 

  • Tomatoes (grown at centre)  

  • Lettuce (store bought) 

  • Cucumber (grown at centre)  

  • Reduced-fat tasty cheese slices (store bought) 

Provide at least one photo and/or video to support your entry.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF) Kitchen Garden Program Classroom membership for Early Childhood and Kitchen Garden Cooking with Kids by Stephanie Alexander valued at $350 (Sponsored by SAKGF)

Cheap and cheerful

What’s your go-to recipe for ensuring you stay on budget?


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The recipe cost (price per child per day) must be included in submission. Tell us in 100 words or less why this recipe supports your budget. Provide at least one photo and/or video to support your entry.

$400 Kitchen Warehouse gift card

Cooking with kids

How do you teach kids about food? Share with us your favourite classroom cooking activity and recipe.


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Tell us in 200 words or less how this recipe/activity is built into the currciulum and the associated learning objectives. Provide at least two photos and/or one video to support your entry.

$250 Modern Teaching Aids (MTA) voucher (sponsored by MTA)




$150 Good Guys gift card

Wastage warriors

How do you take care of the planet in your kitchen? Share your sustainable and waste-reducing recipes.


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Tell us in 100 words or less how this recipe minimises food waste and/or is planet-friendly. Provide at least one photo and/or video to support your entry.

$400 Bunnings Warehouse gift card

Submission requirements

Overarching requirements for all category entries:

Each entry must include photos or video of the meal along with the written recipe (including ingredients and method).

Media requirements:

  • Photo size minimum 500KB, maximum 3MB

  • Video length should be minimum 30 seconds and maximum 10 minutes   

  • Video must be portrait orientation

  • Between two and 10 photos per entry

  • Photo file types accepted .JPG, .JPEG, or .PNG 

  • Video file types accepted .MOV, .MP4, .AVI, or .WMV 

  • All photos and video submissions require relevant image release permissions

Each recipe must be nutritious ​Each recipe must include ingredient/s from at least one of the following food groups: 
  • Grain (cereal foods), mostly wholemeal or wholegrain  

  • Vegetables  

  • Fruit 

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

  • Milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives  

    • Cream, sour cream or butter are not substitutes for milk, yoghurt and cheese  

Cow's milk alternatives such as soy, rice, almond or oat milk/ yoghurt must be fortified with at least 100mg of added calcium per 100mL  

If your recipe is a vegetarian or vegan meal

It must contain:

  • A protein such as eggs, legumes, milk, yoghurt, cheese, soy product (e.g., tofu) or nuts 

  • A food containing iron, such as spinach, legumes, beans, peas, tofu, eggs  

  • A food containing vitamin c, such as capsicum, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, tomato, sweet potato, green beans.

Recipes must not include discretionary foods

Including confectionary, chocolate, cream, ice cream, pastries, fatty processed meats such as sausages and kabana, fried foods or sugar sweetened beverages. For the full list of discretionary foods and what to keep out of recipes visit the Menu planning guidelines for long day care (page 11) and the What to keep off the menu tip sheet.   

Recipe origin

We understand that most recipes have an origin before your kitchen. We’re looking for submissions that demonstrate how your centre has adapted or creatively amended their recipe to reflect the relevant competition category. Please note that we can’t accept recipes that infringe on copyright entitlements of a third party.

Written entry component

Where submission requires a written component (e.g., ‘tell us in 100 words or less’) dot points are acceptable.

Terms and conditions

To read the terms and conditions of this competition please click here.



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