Sample Menu for OSHC


Use this sample menu as a guide for developing a healthy menu for children which tastes great and meets their nutrition needs.

Two boys at a table eating vegetables

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.

Download the resource to view sample menus for OSHC based on the Food and drink guidelines for outside school hours care [1].


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.

For more information on healthy food and drinks for OSHC click here.


[1] Food and drink guidelines for outside school hours care, Healthy Eating Advisory Service, Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, 2013,

For more information please phone 1300 22 52 88 or email

Except where otherwise indicated, the images in this document show models and illustrative settings only, and do not necessarily depict actual services, facilities or recipients of services. This document may contain images of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In this document, ‘Aboriginal’ refers to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ‘Indigenous’ or ‘Koori/Koorie’ is retained when part of the title of a report, program or quotation. Copyright © State of Victoria 2016

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

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