Ingredient quantity guide for larger long day care menus

Early childhood services

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.

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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, seed and legumes/beans

Offer 1 children’s serve of lean meat, poultry, fish or alternatives per child per day.
E.g. for 5 children you need 300g of fish to provide enough for each child.

What is 1 children’s serve?60 children80 children100 children120 children150 children200 children250 children
Lean red meat, pork, poultry (raw)50g boneless3kg4kg5kg6kg7.5kg10kg12.5kg
Lean red meat (cooked)30g1.8kg2.4kg3kg3.6kg4.5kg6kg7.5kg
Poultry (cooked, skin off)40g2.4kg3.2kg4kg4.8kg6kg8kg10kg
Fish (raw)60g3.6kg4.8kg6kg7.2kg9kg12kg15kg
Fish (canned/ cooked)50g3kg4kg5kg6kg7.5kg10kg12.5kg
Egg1 egg60 eggs80 eggs100 eggs120 eggs150 eggs200 eggs250 eggs
Legumes (dry)35g2.1kg2.8kg3.5kg4.2kg5.25kg7kg8.75kg
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*20g1.2kg1.6kg2kg2.4kg3kg4kg5kg
Tofu85g5.1kg6.8kg8.5kg10.2kg12.75kg17kg21.25kg
Hummus60g (¼ cup)3.6kg (14 cups)4.8kg (20 cups)6kg (25 cups)7.2kg (30 cups)9kg (37½ cups)12kg (50 cups)15kg (62½ 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 children80 children100 children120 children150 children200 children250 children
Fruit (fresh/ frozen)75g  (½ med 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 cup30 cups40 cups50 cups60 cups75 cups100 cups125 cups
Dried fruit**15g75g150g300g450g600g750g900g

One children’s serve of fruit is equal to half a serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

* 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.

Vegetables and legumes/beans

Offer 1–1½ children’s serves of vegetables and legumes per child per day.
E.g. for 5 children you need 375–500g of vegetables/legumes to provide enough for each child.

What is 1 children’s serve?60 children80 children100 children120 children150 children200 children250 children
Vegetables (fresh/frozen)75g4.5-6kg6-8kg7.5-10kg9-12kg11.25-15kg15-20kg18.75-25kg
Vegetables (cooked/ tinned, drained)½ cup30-45 cups40-60 cups50-75 cups60-90 cups75-112 ½ cups100-150 cups125-187 ½ cups
Vegetables (salad)1 cup60-90 cups80-120 cups100-150 cups120-180 cups150-225 cups200-300 cups250-375 cups
Legumes (dry)30g1.8-2.7kg2.4-3.6kg3-4.5kg3.6-5.4kg4.5-6.75kg6-9kg7.5-11.25kg
Legumes (cooked/tinned, drained weight)75g (½ cup)4.5-6kg6-8kg7.5-10kg9-12kg11.25-15kg15-20kg18.75-25kg

One children’s serve of vegetables and legumes/beans is equal to one 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 5 children you need to provide 5 slices of bread AND 150g of pasta to provide enough for each child.

What is 1 children’s serve?60 children80 children100 children120 children150 children200 children250 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 (7½ loaves)200 slices (10 loaves)250 slices (12½ loaves)
Pita bread½ 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 flakes30g1.8kg2.4kg3kg3.6kg4.5kg6kg7.5kg
Breakfast cereal (wheat biscuits)2 Weetbix™120 Weetbix™160 Weetbix™200 Weetbix™240 Weetbix™300 Weetbix™400 Weetbix™500 Weetbix™
Bread roll½ medium30 rolls40 rolls50 rolls60 rolls75 rolls100 rolls125 rolls
Pasta/noodles/rice/cous cous30g dry1.8kg2.4kg3kg3.6kg4.5kg6kg7.5kg
Flour¼ 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 bread35g2.1kg2.8kg3.5kg4.2kg5.25kg7kg8.75kg
Crumpet/ English muffin1 crumpet/ small muffin6080100120150200250

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 5 children you need 500mL of milk AND 400g of yoghurt to provide enough for each child.

What is 1 children’s serve?60 children80 children100 children120 children150 children200 children250 children
Milk100mL6L8L10L12L15L20L25L
Hard cheese15g (1 slice)900g1.2kg1.5kg1.8kg2.25kg3kg3.75kg
Yoghurt80g4.8kg6.4kg8kg9.6kg12kg16kg20kg
Custard100mL6L8L10L12L15L20L25L
Evaporated milk50mL3L4L5L6L7.5L10L12.5L
Milk powder15g900g1.2kg1.5kg1.8kg2.25kg3kg3.75kg
Ricotta cheese50g3kg4kg5kg6kg7.5kg10kg12.5kg

One children’s serve of milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives is equal to just under half a serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

For more information please phone 1300 22 52 88 or email heas@nutritionaustralia.org.au

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Written and reviewed by dietitians and nutritionists at Nutrition Australia, with support from the Victorian Government.

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