Woodlea Early Education Centre provides five meals each day including breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack.

Our menu has been designed with the nutritional needs of children in mind. Special care has been given to meet energy and nutrition requirements for growth and development. In addition to this, our seasonal, four-week rotating menu offers a variety of foods to satisfy the fussiest of eaters. All dietary requirements can be catered for and our center cook is experienced in preparing meals for all children, including those with food allergies in a safe environment. Some of our current menu options include falafel and salad wholemeal wraps, baked fish with salad, spaghetti bolognese, lentil and pumpkin fritters, tuna pasta salad and sweet potato and red lentil curry.

Through our menus, it is our aim to assist families with creating healthy eating patterns that will last a lifetime by providing children with a range of tasty and nutritious eating options. Information will be shared with you on dishes your child thoroughly enjoys, and recipes will be available, so you can create your own at home.

Meal times at Woodlea Early Education offer an important social time for young children and reflect a relaxed and pleasant environment where educators engage in meaningful conversations with children. This is something that is made possible with our separate dining room which allows children to eat in a designated area where they can share a meal with friends, siblings and neighbours of all ages. When possible, educators will role model healthy eating behaviour, by sharing a small amount of the food on offer with the children. This assists in creating a positive and enjoyable eating environment. Educators support independence and autonomy in developing children’s self-help skills.

We are committed to implementing the healthy eating key messages outlined in the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. We support and promote the Australian Government’s Get Up & Grow-Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood and Eat for Health resources.