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NEW EDITION Caring for Children – Birth to 5 years (Food, Nutrition and Learning Experiences)

This resource provides practical information for cooks, directors and educators to meet the food and nutrition needs of children aged from birth to five years, whilst in care.

In this revision, Caring for Infants and Caring for Children have been combined into one resource covering 0-5 years.

 

For ease of download and printing we have provided the resource in a number of options, click on the relevant link below.

  • Complete Resource (WARNING Large Files PDF)

  - Download complete Caring for Children resource in Colour (PDF 10.3MB)

  - Download complete Caring for Children resource in Black & white (PDF 18.2MB) - for easy printing and photocopying

 

  • Resource sections relevant to Birth to 24 months

  - Download resource sections relevant to Birth to 24 months in Colour (PDF 6.0MB)

  - Download resource sections relevant to Birth to 24 months in Black & white (PDF 5.6MB) - for easy printing and photocopying

 

  • Resource sections relevant to 2 to 5 year olds

  - Download resource sections relevant to 2 to 5 year olds in Colour (PDF 6.1MB)

  - Download resource sections relevant to 2 to 5 year olds in Black & white (PDF 5.5MB) - for easy printing and photocopying

 

Checklists *NEW*

Nutrition Checklist for Menu Planning

Colour (PDF 254KB)

Black and white (PDF 247KB)

Two Week Menu Cycle Planning Tool

Colour (PDF 151KB)

Black and white (PDF 113KB)

Nutrition Checklist for Planning Sandwich Menus   

Colour (PDF 190KB)

Black and white (PDF 202KB)

Lunchbox Checklist for Food Brought from Home for 2 to 5 year olds

Colour (PDF 173KB)

Black and white (PDF 176KB)

Lunchbox Checklist for Food Brought from Home for Preschool (services open for less than 8 hours a day)

Colour (PDF 323KB)

Black and white (PDF 324KB)

Ingredient Quantity Guide for NSW Early Childhood Education and Care Services

Colour (PDF 521KB)

Black and white (PDF 522KB)

 

Weekly Menu Template *NEW*

Colour (PDF 104KB)

Black and white (PDF 104KB)

Editable PDF (PDF 107KB)

Tip Sheets *NEW*

Transitioning Textures for Infants – birth to 1 year

Colour (PDF 191KB)

Black and white (PDF 197KB)

Breakfast – Give children the right start to their day

Colour (PDF 92KB)

Black and white (PDF 104KB)

Fruit

Colour (PDF 105KB)

Black and white (PDF 87KB)

Vegetables

Colour (PDF 120KB)

Black and white (PDF 94KB)

How to Include Iron Containing Foods on the Menu

Colour (PDF 123KB)

Black and white (PDF 124KB)

Tips for Including Red Meat on the Menu

Colour (PDF 89KB)

Black and white (PDF 90KB)

Creating a Healthy Non-Meat (vegetarian) Meal for Early Childhood Services

Colour (PDF 150KB)

Black and white (PDF 151KB)

Snack Ideas for Morning and Afternoon Tea

Colour (PDF 161KB)

Black and white (PDF 172KB)

Drinks – Serve water and plain milk

Colour (PDF 87KB)

Black and white (PDF 87KB)

Lunchbox Food Ideas for Food Brought from Home for 2 to 5 year olds

Colour (PDF 512KB)

Black and white (PDF 233KB)

All centre-based early childhood education and care services participating in the Munch & Move program will receive a copy of Caring for Children, please contact your local Support Officer.

NEW Healthy Menu Planning Workshops

The Munch & Move program will be offering free training in healthy menu planning for cooks and directors/nominated supervisors working in early childhood education and care (ECEC) centre-based services across NSW.

The interactive and practical workshops are based on the Caring for Children: Birth to 5 years (Food, Nutrition and Learning Experiences) resource. Various topics will be covered including serve sizes for children, how to plan a menu using the Nutrition Checklist for Menu Planning, reading food labels and much more!

Registrations for workshops being held in Terms 1 & 2 2018 are now open – click HERE to be directed to the Munch & Move training page.

REVISED EDITION Starting Family Foods - Introducing your baby to solid foods brochure (PDF 1.82MB)

Starting Family Foods cover

This brochure is designed for parents of 0 -12 month old babies and provides information on the new Infant Feeding Guidelines including breastfeeding and when and how to start solid foods, safe food handling and hygiene, commercial foods, unsuitable foods, food allergies and more.

Click here to order copies for NSW Health facilities (maximum of 100).

Click here to download the A3 printable file. (PDF 6MB)