Nutrition and Meals

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 from an overall health and strength perspective 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.

Water is available at our Clovel water stations all day and our educators actively encourage all children to remain hydrated throughout each day.

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.

Theresa Willett, Clovel’s Educational Leader and Compliance Manager coordinated the Clovel services involvement and training in the NSW Government’s Munch and Move Initiative. After Clovel’s assessment period Theresa was then invited to sit on the Munch and Move Advisory Board, a position she still holds today. The concept of introducing our young children to physical education and healthy eating is something that Theresa and Clovel are very passionate about and this is an area that Theresa is constantly researching and reviewing to ensure we are offering the best service to the children in our care. At Clovel we are very proud of Theresa’s involvement in the Munch and Move Initiative and her enthusiasm for this area of your child’s development.

The key principles of the initiative:

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.

We provide:


Morning Tea


Afternoon Tea

Late Afternoon Tea

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. These meals are nutritious and include dishes such as:

Meat pies – Australia

Fried rice – China

Fish & chips – New Zealand

Souvlaki – Greece

Chip butties (sandwiches) – England

Huspop (stew) – Netherlands

Spaghetti Bolognese – Italy

Shepherd’s Pie – UK

Kofta & tzatziki – Egypt

Paella – Spain

Butter chicken, rice and pappadums – India

The feedback we get from families has been nothing but positive. Your child will love the choice and options they are offered.

“Since attending Clovel, my child is asking to eat Tuna and salad, something they never would have asked for previously”

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.