Sample menu for outside school hours care

Outside school hours care (OSHC) services can support children’s health and development by providing nutritious food and drinks at breakfast and/or afternoon tea times.

The following sample menus for OSHC are based on the Food and drink guidelines for outside school hours care.

  1. The first menu is for services with limited cooking facilities.
  2. The second menu includes meal and snack ideas that require additional preparation time or cooking facilities.

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Each day breakfast is based on:

  • grain (cereal) foods with at least one wholemeal or wholegrain choice
  • milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives (mostly reduced fat)

Each day afternoon tea includes:

  • vegetables
  • fruit
  • milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives (mostly reduced fat)

The menu does not include any of the following:

  • Sweet drinks, such as soft drinks, fruit juice and fruit drinks, cordial, sports drinks, sports waters, flavoured waters, energy drinks and flavoured mineral water and iced teas.
  • Confectionery, chocolate, jelly.
  • Deep fried foods, such as hot chips.
  • Pastry-based foods, such as pies, sausage rolls and pasties.
  • Some processed meats, such as sausages, frankfurts, hot dogs, salami, strasburg, devon, some commercial chicken nuggets and fish fingers.
  • Most fast food and takeaway foods.
  • High fat and salt savoury snack foods, such as crisps, chips, biscuits.
  • Ice-creams and ice confections.
  • High sugar and high fat baked and packaged goods, such as cakes, some muffins, sweet pastries, slices, biscuits and bars.


Sample menu 1: Basic (limited cooking facilities)

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Sample menu for OSHC 1


Sample menu 2 (with cooking facilities)

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Sample menu for OSHC 2


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