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.

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Caring for Children Manual

The Caring for Children manual assists Cooks in meeting the nutritional needs of children. It provides tools to assist in the development of a menu that will meet these needs. It includes:

  • practical information on healthy eating and nutrition for the early childhood education and care setting
  • a ‘Nutrition Checklist for Menu Planning’ to assist with menu development
  • many recipe ideas.
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Menu Assessments

Your Munch & Move Support Officer can provide you with a menu review. Send your menu to the Munch & Move team at Western Sydney for review ([email protected])

If you would like to increase your skills to develop or assess your own menu, we have resources that can help. These include:

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Healthy Menu Planning Training

The Munch & Move program offers FREE training to cooks and service leaders on healthy menu planning. 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:

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Recipe Ideas

Looking for new recipe ideas that are fresh, healthy and tasty?

You can find some great ideas:

  1. In your Caring for Children resource. Refer to pages 111-160.
  2. On the Heart Foundation recipes
  3. In the Babies and Toddler’s cookbook
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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.
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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:
  • books
  • songs, rhymes and music
  • experiments
  • group games
  • vegetable garden experiences
  • cooking and food preparation experiences.


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Introducing Solids and Drinking from a Cup

Find below resources on introducing solids and drinking from a cup to share with families.

Find more information on healthy eating on our Munch Resources page.

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Healthy Lunchbox Support

Packing healthy lunchboxes can be a challenge for families. Below are some resources to share with families to help:

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