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Nutrition

We work from a base of vegetable-laden meals, fruits, legumes and cereals. Lean protein is added on occasion. 

We create conversation around food preference and use group meal times as a way of gently encouraging through peer imitation and positive reinforcement.

Eating is never forced and little tummies are respected.

Touching, feeling and tasting food is all part of the process and this is one area where kinetic learning comes to the fore.

Individual nutrition plans will be made for those with allergies and eating arrangements will be arranged to be both safe and inclusive.

Nutrition is a core fundamental of the Tall Tree ethos and something we consider of upmost importance. Ensuring your little one is healthy, satiated and nourished is a passion for our Educators and so, Food Education is an essential component in each and every day.

 

Our menus are based around Australian Dietary Guidelines, but with informed input from Nutritionists and our on-staff Health Coach. We work from a base of vegetable-laden meals, fruits, legumes and cereals. Lean protein is added on occasion.

We ensure low sodium, minimal added sugar (never refined) and generally avoid processed cereals and flours in preference for whole grain and wholemeal. We bake, mix and make our way to providing the perfect meals for your little ones.

Snacks are seen as an opportunity to offer whole ingredients in the way of fruit and vegetable platters. We focus on eating from the rainbow as a way to encourage a varied and nutrient-dense diet. Little ones respond to colour and creativity, so we focus on these aspects in our food.

 

All of our meals are cooked in-house by professional Cooks and our menus are seasonal and based around locally and responsibly sourced produce. We discuss with little ones about seasonality of ingredients and introduce the concept of carbon miles.

 

We encourage further learning opportunities through our Food Education curriculum, especially in the Toddler and Kindy Rooms, as little ones start to express eating preference and develop their own palate. We create conversation around food preference and use group meal times as a way of gently encouraging through peer imitation and positive reinforcement.

Eating is never forced and little tummies are respected. Meals do not need to be finished, as we encourage your little ones to develop a strong sense of when they are full and when they need nourishment. We do this in an effort to avoid developing plate-clearing mentality and emotional eating behaviours later in life.

Our Food Education Program aims to educate little ones about the food they eat, the decisions they make in regards to that food and the consequences or benefits of those decisions.

We want to encourage a love of healthy eating and a strong sense of healthy body image. We want your little one to appreciate their body, for exactly how beautiful and marvelous it truly is, and learn how to fuel that body through the right nutrition. Little ones are taught about the various body systems and the role in which nutrition plays.

Our Nutrition Plans are always available for parents to view and you will be kept informed about what and how much your little one eats daily, to help inform choices and mealtimes at home. Touching, feeling and tasting food is all part of the process and this is one area where kinetic learning comes to the fore.

We are a nut and kiwi fruit conscious centre and will ensure all food allergies are respected and given paramount importance. The safety of your little one is always our first and foremost concern. Individual nutrition plans will be made for those with allergies and eating arrangements will be arranged to be both safe and inclusive.

If you have dietary preferences or religious considerations, every effort will be made to work with you on these. Food should be exciting and fun, informed and delicious. Something to be respected and enjoyed. Our aim is to create a life long love of healthy eating in your little one.

 
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