At Jack & Jill Early Learning Centre we provide healthy, nutritious and freshly prepared meals to all our children, lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
Should children need to arrive early, they may bring their breakfast with them. These breakfasts should meet the same healthy dietary guidelines that we must follow.
Both the Daily and Weekly menu are displayed for families to see what their child will be eating.
We love to help celebrate children's birthdays. On these days children may bring in a birthday cake to share (if you do not wish your child to participate at these times please notify staff, and we can make alternative arrangements for your child). Cupcakes work well. Please include an ingredients label.
Any allergies or strong dislikes of any foods or beverages should be discussed with staff.
At Jack & Jill Early Learning Care we promote dental hygiene by providing nutritious food and eating a balanced diet.
We will advise parents periodically of the importance of caring for children’s teeth by making appropriate brochures available. We will also reinforce oral awareness with children through activities and visits from dental professionals.
To decrease the children’s chances of ECC (Early Childhood Caries or cavities) and plaque formation, we provide milk and tap water drinks only. (Milk includes cow’s milk, formula and breast milk dependent on the child’s individual needs.)
If anything other than milk or water is provided in a child’s bottle or drink bottle, we will replace it with water or milk before offering it to the child. The only exception to this is prune juice for a child with constipation, which will be given sparingly as directed by a health professional, and with plenty of water also offered to keep the teeth free from prolonged exposure to the juice.
We don’t provide bottled water to children to ensure they are receiving fluoride through the tap water.
Babies and Children using bottles, will drink them before going to bed, unless directed otherwise by parents. Children will be supervised and staff will remove the bottle from the child as soon as they have finished drinking.
Each child (once they are able to) rinses their mouth with water after lunch with an individual cup assisting in the prevention of tooth decay.
We will attempt to have a yearly visit by a dentist to educate all children on dental hygiene.