FANS (02) 8765 1001 & FACES (02) 9871 5684
FANS: 1/23 George St, North Strathfield, NSW 2137
FACES: 52 Barellan Ave, Carlingford, NSW 2118

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Meals Menu

Food & Menus

FANS Families @ Strathfield supplies morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea everyday as we have our own cook and all meals are nutritionally balanced, supervised and culturally varied to ensure that children receive all the nutrients recommended.

A daily and weekly menu is displayed. Breakfast is not served, however some children may bring toast and cereal from home into the centre with them early in the morning. Please ensure this is a healthy option and please note we are a nut and junk free food zone. If a child comes in eating their breakfast they are set at a food table until they have finished eating, then they wash their hands and go off to play.  Do not send other treats in their bags.

Progressive Morning Tea & Afternoon Teas are provided and offered at both services. This is where children eat in small groups in a relaxed atmosphere. We serve progressive morning and afternoon teas to allow children to choose when to eat and to have uninterruptive play and learning times. All children are encouraged to eat and they choose the time. Salad vegetables and fruit are served daily and the children are involved in the growing and gathering of the salad vegetables and fruit.

Menu examples of the food provided at FANS & FACES

  • Morning Tea & Afternoon Tea
  • Crisp bread with Cheese and cucumber, Fresh Fruit & Water
  • Cereal milk Fresh Fruit & Water
  • Pancakes With Banana & Milk/water
  • HOMMUS DIP WITH CARROT & CELERY STICKS & MILK/WATER
  • English Muffins with Cheese & Tomatoes & water
  • CRISPBREAD with Cheese, & water
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable platters & yogurt

At FANS and FACES we would love your child’s favourite food recipe to add to our menu. If your child has a cow’s milk allergy an alternate or water is offered. Any food allergies or cultural restrictions must be detailed on the enrolment form and discussed with staff to be reflected in our menus. If your child has an allergy or food intolerance then the service requires a management plan from your child’s Doctor.

Lunch

FANS

Lunch is provided and some examples are-

  • Italian Tuna  pasta, SALAD Yogurt & water
  • Lamb Kibbi Potato Wedges & Carrots Milk/WATER
  • Stir fry chicken and vegetables Fruit YOGURT & WATER

In term 4 the children commencing school the next school year will have their morning and afternoon teas served in lunchboxes with water bottles to practice the skill of finding and opening the lunchbox and bottle.

FACES

Children bring in a packed nutritious and healthy lunch in a labelled lunchbox daily. We do not put limitation on what food you may choose to send for your child but we do remind you that all meals must be healthy  and we do not allow children to eat nuts, biscuits, chocolate, potato chips, lollies or any junk food of any kind at  the service.

Healthy suggestions for lunch boxes

The two bowl approach: fill one bowl with fruit, and one with dairy (such as tubs of yoghurt or cheese sticks). Just add a sandwich, a bottle of water and lunch is ready.

Other ideas-

Moving on from bread: try bagels, wraps, multigrain sandwich crackers, pita bread, scones or pikelets.

The surprise factor: introduce the unexpected by cutting their sandwich with a cookie cutter. It may well be their first step in understanding that variety is the spice of life.

The leftovers lunchcook a little extra dinner the night before and save for lunch the next day. Roast chicken, pasta, rice, salad, quiche, and homemade pizza slices are just a few examples that are delicious cold or can be reheated for lunch.

We are family grouped and sit together as a community for lunch times. Mealtimes are also a time to encourage good manners. For example, no talking with mouthful, quite voices used when talking to our friends, using manners such as “thank you, please and you’re welcome”. Staff members encourage mealtimes to be enjoyable by sitting with the children and discussing the food (texture, its taste, which country it is from and so on). Children are encouraged to try all foods but do not have to eat all of their lunch it if they do not wish to.

All children need to be able to feed themselves and will quickly learn this skill at FANS and FACES. We encourage self help skills and the children assist with setting the lunch tables and they also assist with putting scraps into the bin at the end of their meal. If a child has refused to eat anything by the end of lunch, educators will advise the parent that their child has not eaten their lunch. At FACES uneaten lunch will be sent home. Please do not worry too much if you child doesn’t always eat, as it is quite common not to eat much when they first start at day care. Sometimes they don’t eat as much as other times, sometimes they eat more at morning and afternoon tea times than at lunchtimes. We display charts to advise families of daily food consumption.

After lunch time at both FANS and FACES fresh apple is offered as part of our dental hygiene practices.

Water is served with every meal and offered at other times during the day. We have bubblers which are located outside and the children are taught to use these, as this is a great skill to have before going to school. All children are encouraged to bring in their own water bottles to the services which are kept in their lockers, please ensure the bottle is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

If your child requires a feeding bottle please give to the staff to store in the fridge. It must be labelled with your child’s name and clear instructions given to the staff as to the time it is to be offered to the child.

FANS parents are asked to send one piece of fruit a day with their child.

At FANS and FACES we regularly practice Munch and Move a Department of Health program that promotes healthy eating and regular and routine exercise. The children will talk to you about everyday and sometimes foods.

 

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