It is important for early childhood service providers to provide access to healthy food and drink options.
With people increasingly eating food that is not prepared at home, a high proportion of Victorian adults and children are now classified as overweight or obese and are not meeting the healthy dietary guidelines.
Canteens and other food services at early childhood services play an important role in communicating healthy eating messages to young children, staff, families and the wider community.
Foods eaten by children at early childhood services contribute significantly to their daily nutrient intake and also influence the development of their lifelong eating habits, growth patterns and energy levels.
The Victorian Healthy Eating Advisory Service offers free, tailored healthy eating and nutrition advice and support to help your early childhood service develop a healthy eating environment.
It will also include menu assessments, over the phone and email advice from nutrition experts, staff training and resource materials.
The service supports early childhood service providers that are responsible for the provision of food and drinks to promote healthier food and drink options. It can also help service providers to apply and meet related policies and guidelines such as:
The National Quality Framework’s healthy eating standard, supported by the:
For more information on the service, see:
Victorian Healthy Eating Advisory Service