Infancy and childhood are periods when optimal nutrition is essential for normal growth and development. Good nutrition can positively influence future health and play an important role in the prevention of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers in later life. Children must be provided with adequate nutrition in order to grow and learn effectively, and should be educated concerning good eating habits.
Childhood is also a time of social, behavioural and attitudinal development. Eating habits developed in early childhood are strong influences on eating habits in adolescence and adulthood. It is important that the food and eating environment in childhood assists in the development of healthy eating habits.
Mona Vale Kindergarten aims to provide children with food and nutrition that is supported by the Australian Dietary Guidelines. We also aim to support and provide adequately for children with food allergies or specific cultural practices. Meal times are used to reinforce suitable nutrition habits, manners, socialisation and self-help skills, and provide learning experiences in themselves.
|Muesli and Yoghurt, Fruit and Vegetable Platter||Wholemeal Fruit Bread,Fruit and Vegetable Platter, Milk||Bean and Cheese Wholemeal Quesadillas, Fruit and Vegetable Platter||Avocado and Cheese Vita-weats, Fruit and Vegetable Platter||Cheese and Corn Scrolls, Fruit and Vegetable Platter|
|Lunch||Meatballs in an Italian tomato sauce with Quinoa Rice and Garden Salad, Fruit Platter||Chicken and Bean wholemeal soft Tacos with Cheese and Tomato Salsa, Fruit Platter||Fish Fillets, Cauliflower Cheese, Peas, Corn and Carrots,Fruit Platter||Cottage Pie (mashed potato, peas, corn and chees), Broccoli and Carrots, Fruit Platter||Spaghetti Bolognaise, Chickpea Garden Salad, Grated Cheese, Fruit Platter|
|Afternoon Tea||Cheese and Tomato wholemeal sandwiches with Carrot and Celery sticks||Hommus and Cheese, Cucumber and Beans with Wholemeal Rice Crackers||Apple and Coconut Wholemeal Muffins, Capsicum and Celery. Dried Apricots||White Bean Dip, Wholemeal Lebanese Bread, Cheese, Carrot and Green Beans||Egg Wholemeal sandwiches, Broccoli and Snow Peas|
Milk (if requested) and water are made available to the children throughout the day. All Grains are Wholemeal.
Cheese, Crackers, Yoghurt/ Fruit or dried fruit and water are provided as a late afternoon snack.