Promoting Positive Nutritional Habits
At Clovel, our belief is that we have a responsibility to promote good nutrition for children in our care. As such all Clovel Educators are familiar with hygiene standards, nutrition principles for children and food safety laws.
The food provided by Clovel plays an important role in the growth and development of your child and in the development of positive future eating habits.
Your child will be provided with a variety of foods such as vegetables, fruits, cereals, lean meats and dairy. These foods include a range of textures and tastes that are appropriate to the developmental stages of different age groups.
The Clovel Menu
In designing our menus, we commit to providing two-thirds of the recommended daily nutritional food intake for children less than 6 years of age.
Your child will also be encouraged to drink water or light milk throughout the day. We will provide morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day.
Below is a sample of the meals your child will enjoy at Clovel.
Morning Tea (9:30 a.m)
- Fresh seasonal fruits
Lunch (12:30 p.m)
Based off recommendations from the NSW Health Department we have chosen to provide sandwiches to our children. These sandwiches are extremely nutritious with up to 10 different choices a day. A selection of fresh fruit is offered for dessert.
We serve a variety of sandwiches on wholemeal bread. Examples include:
- Chicken and lettuce
- Cheese and beetroot
- Tuna and tomato
- Roast beef and salad
- Baked beans
- Cheese and cucumber
- Cream cheese
- Meatloaf and salad
Afternoon Tea (3:30 p.m)
- Rice cakes with cheese or Vegemite
- Vegetable sticks with hummus
- Fruit Loaf
- Lebanese bread with cream cheese or Vegemite
Multicultural Program and Special Days Menu
In line with our Multicultural Program and Special Days, we also provide a hot meal for lunch on a regular basis. We still offer regular sandwiches on these days as some children do not like the hot meal option or they do not enjoy the change in routine. These meals are nutritious and include dishes such as:
- Fried rice
- Singapore noodles
- Spaghetti Bolognese
- Teriyaki chicken and vegetables
The feedback we get from families has been nothing but positive. Your child will love the choice and options they get.
“Since attending Clovel, my child is asking to eat Tuna and salad, something they never would have asked for previously”
The Munch and Move Initiative
Clovel is involved in the NSW Government Munch and Move Initiative that supports the healthy development of children from birth to 5 years and beyond by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time.
The key principles of the initiative:
- Physical Education lessons daily which incorporate a fundamental movement skills program
- Rehydration programs
- Healthy eating
- Increased knowledge of good food.
Promoting School Readiness
In the months leading up to your child’s new beginning at primary school, our “School Readiness” group are regularly given a packed lunch by the Educators at their centre.
They practice sitting in a group, unwrapping sandwiches from cling wrap and opening packets. They also discuss what is in their lunch today.
If you have any questions relating to the Clovel Nutrition and Meals Program or any other aspect of starting at Clovel please do not hesitate to contact our friendly Team.