Providing children with the nutrition they need for a healthy start to life is one of the important roles of a Cook. Munch & Move provides information, training and support for Cooks on preparing nutritious menus for children in care.
- Menu Assessments
Your Munch & Move Support Officer can provide you with a menu review based on the Caring for Children guidelines. Send your menu to the Munch & Move team at Western Sydney for review.
(Note: This service is not available while the Munch & Move team is helping with the COVID-19 response).
AIf you would like to increase your skills to develop or assess your own menu, we have resources that can help. These include:
- Healthy Menu Planning Training
The Munch & Move program offers FREE training to cooks and service leaders on healthy menu planning.
Online workshops for 2021 are currently on hold while the Munch & Move team is helping the COVID-19 response.
We will post details for future online training on this page when available.
To assess your menu against the Caring for Children guidelines you can use:
- Munch (Healthy Eating Resources)
We have a range of resources available to support healthy eating messages at your service. The resources include:
- policy guidance
- menu planning support
- posters that can you can display and send to families
- classroom activities that promote healthy eating.
- Healthy Eating Learning Experiences
Cooking is one way to expose children to new foods. Why not expand children’s eating experiences by teaching them about what you are cooking?
This manual provides ideas for fun and developmentally appropriate healthy eating learning experiences. Add these ideas into daily interactions with children.
Learning experiences can include:
- songs, rhymes and music
- group games
- vegetable garden experiences
- cooking and food preparation experiences.