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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.

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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 8.67MB)

  - Download complete Caring for Children resource in Black & white (PDF 9.04MB) - 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 4.87MB)

  - Download resource sections relevant to Birth to 24 months in Black & white (PDF 5.14MB) - 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 4.26MB)

  - Download resource sections relevant to 2 to 5 year olds in Black & white (PDF 4.33MB) - for easy printing and photocopying

 

Checklists *NEW*

Nutrition Checklist for Menu Planning

Colour (PDF 207KB)

Black and white (PDF 195KB)

Two Week Menu Cycle Planning Tool

Colour (PDF 85KB)

Black and white (PDF 75KB)

Nutrition Checklist for Planning Sandwich Menus   

Colour (PDF 128KB)

Black and white (PDF 211KB)

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

Colour (PDF 147KB)

Black and white (PDF 139KB)

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

Colour (PDF 321KB)

Black and white (PDF 294KB)

Ingredient Quantity Guide for NSW Early Childhood Education and Care Services

Colour (PDF 530KB)

Black and white (PDF 493KB)

 

Weekly Menu Template *NEW*

Colour (PDF 114KB)

Black and white (PDF 104KB)

Tip Sheets *NEW*

Transitioning Textures for Infants – birth to 1 year

Colour (PDF 164KB)

Black and white (PDF 152KB)

Breakfast – Give children the right start to their day

Colour (PDF 74KB)

Black and white (PDF 78KB)

Fruit

Colour (PDF 117KB)

Black and white (PDF 59KB)

Vegetables

Colour (PDF 196KB)

Black and white (PDF 67KB)

How to Include Iron Containing Foods on the Menu

Colour (PDF 115KB)

Black and white (PDF 96KB)

Tips for Including Red Meat on the Menu

Colour (PDF 70KB)

Black and white (PDF 61KB)

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

Colour (PDF 140KB)

Black and white (PDF 122KB)

Snack Ideas for Morning and Afternoon Tea

Colour (PDF 134KB)

Black and white (PDF 125KB)

Drinks – Serve water and plain milk

Colour (PDF 67KB)

Black and white (PDF 58KB)

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

Colour (140KB PDF)

 

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.

 

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

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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)